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Urumqi (Xinjiang) City Information

Major Economic Indicators (2015)
Land Area (km2)14,876
Population (million)2.67
GDP (RMB billion)263.2
GDP Per Capita (RMB)74,340
GDP Composition
     Primary Industry1.2%
     Secondary Industry29.9%
     Tertiary Industry68.9%
Retail Sales of Consumer Goods (RMB billion)94.1
Utilised FDI (USD million)240.8
Exports (USD million)4,811.2
Imports (USD million)1,031.9

Source: Xinjiang Statistical Yearbook 2016

General Introduction

Urumqi is Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region's capital. It is located at the northern foot of the Tianshan Mountain and on the southern edge of the Junggar Basin. It is rich in natural resources such as oil, coal, rare mines, glaciers, forests, grasslands and wind energy.

Urumqi is designated as a national hub in MOFCOM’s development plan (2015-2020) of distributive trade and logistics. Urumqi Diwopu International Airport offers flights domestically and internationally. Urumqi is also linked by railways to six major domestic cities including Xi'an, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Zhengzhou and Lanzhou.

The industry sector contributed 24% to the GDP in 2015. Urumqi has seven pillar industries including oil processing, metallurgy, textiles, machinery, power industry, chemicals and food processing. The new energy industry (dealing primarily with wind power and solar energy, etc.) is one of the city's emerging key industries.

Service sector is the main economic driver to the city’s economy. Tourism and trade are important industries of the service sector. Urumqi used to be an important town of the ancient Silk Road which has now developed into a major trade and distribution centre for Central Asia.

Major Industrial Parks / Development Zones

1. Urumqi Economic and Technological Development Zone (including Urumqi Export Processing Zone)

Target industries: Machinery manufacturing, power transmission equipment, new energy, bio-pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, chemicals and plastics

Major investors: Goldwind Science and Technology, Yili, Carlsberg, Xinjiang Deyang Industry Producing, Markor Investment Group, Xinjiang New Yaret Building Material, Xinjiang Weiuer Pharmaceutical, South Logistics Group

Website: www.uetd.gov.cn/html/welcome/index.html

2. Urumqi High-tech Industrial Development Zone

Target industries: Electronic machinery, bio-pharmaceuticals, new materials, new energy, petrochemicals, unique resources processing

Major investors: BP, China Shenhua Energy, PetroChina, Sinopec, Xinjiang Tianshan Elevator Manufacturing, Xinjiang Machinery & Equipment I/E, Xin Jiang IPAR Biological Scientific and Technological Development, Xinjiang Zhundong Petroleum Technology, Xinjiang Joinworld, Xinjiang Osman Bio-tech

Website: www.uhdz.gov.cn

3. Urumqi Ganquanpu Economic Development Zone

Target industries: New energy and new materials, petrochemical, equipment manufacturing

Website: www.gqp.gov.cn


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