Bole (Bortala) is a county-level city in Xinjiang. The area is 7517 km² and the total population is 403,700. Bortala means "brown grasslands/steppe" in Mongolian. Bortala is the seat of Bortala Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, which borders to Kazakhstan. Bortala has a railway and highway connections to Urumqi.
Bortala is located in the southwestern part of the Dzungarian Basin. It occupies a V-shaped basin between the Dzungarian Alatau in the northwest and the Borohoro Mountains in the southwest.
There are 35 nationalities in Bortala. 67% are Han Chinese, while the remainder are Mongol, Uyghur, Kazakh, Hui, or of other nationalities.
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