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China, an East Asian country is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It has a vast cultural history of more than five thousand years and an outstanding natural beauty. On the other hand, this country has remained a comparatively isolated and secluded one, and being a land of mystery, this country is not known to the western half of the world. However, China is rapidly developing and has grown in the phase of modernization, with an immense speed and is also welcoming the outer world to interact and do business with them.
Korla is a city south of Karashahr, and is the capital of the Bayin'gholin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, the largest prefecture in China. The city had 200,374 inhabitants in 1999, of whom the majority were Han Chinese, with a large minority of Uyghurs and smaller numbers of Mongols and Tibetans. It is about 47 kilometers southwest from Karashahr Yanqi to Korla. Korla has long been the biggest centre in the region after Karashahr itself, having abundant water and extensive farmlands, as well as controlling the main routes to the south and west of Karashahr. Due to the discovery of oil in the Taklamakan Desert, Korla is now both more populous and far more developed than Karashar. The Iron Gate Pass leading to Karashahr is about 7 kilometers north of the city and, as it was easily defended, played an important part in protecting the ancient Silk Roads from raiding nomads from the north.
Korla was known as Weili during the Han Dynasty. Weili is said in the Hanshu or history of the Former Han' covering the period 125 BCE, Before Christ era  to 23 CE, to have had 1,200 households, 9,600 individuals and 2,000 people able to bear arms. It also mentions that it adjoined Shanshan and Qiemo to the south.

Korla is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in China worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place leaves a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justifies the proud cultural tradition of China.

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