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It was established in 648 AD, as a town in which to provide a government seat and control over the Silk Road industry, specifically to collect taxes from silk and other merchant caravans. It was a major point on the Silk Road during the Tang Dynasty.
Today, Urumqi is known for its transport, economy, and surrounding countryside.
People Born in Urumqi
Urumqi in People's Lives
Ziyi Zhang: I visited here to film scenes for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 1999.