Korla city is the capital city of Bayangol Mongol Autonomous Prefecture in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. It covers an area of 7,117 sq. km. (2,748 sq. mi.) and has a population of over 800,000 among which 30% are people from 23 ethnic minorities such as Han nationality, Uyghur nationality, Hui nationality and Mongolian nationality. It's the second largest city only next to Urumqi in Xinjiang and is a typical representative of South Xinjiang.
Above all, Korla city has a dynamic and boomed economy pushed forward by its characteristic agricultural industry as in cotton and bergamot pear production and other important manufacturing sectors.In 2008, the GDP growth of Korla was over 4.3 billion yuan including 1.5 billion local revenues and 4.2 billion local fixed investment indicating a stronger comprehensive strength and a higher living standards for local people. Given its remarkable achievement in science, Korla was awarded the title as a "Model City for Advancement in Science" in 2005.