Hami City

Hami City

Hami (Chinese: 哈密) or Kumul (Uyghur: قۇمۇل) is a prefecture-level city in eastern Xinjiang, China. It is well known for sweet Hami melons. In early 2016, the former Hami county-level city merged with Hami Prefecture to form the Hami prefecture-level city with the county-level city becoming Yizhou District.[1][2][failed verification] Since the Han dynasty, Hami has been known for its production of agricultural products and raw resources. Cumuḍa (sometimes Cimuda or Cunuda) is the oldest known endonym of Hami, when it was founded by a people known in Han Chinese sources as the Xiao Yuezhi ("Lesser Yuezhi"),[3] during the 1st millennium BCE. The oldest attested Chinese name is "昆莫" (Kūnmò; by the time of the Han dynasty it was referred to in Chinese as "伊吾" (Yīwú) or "伊吾卢" (Yīwúlú), in the Tang dynasty as Yīzhōu, 伊州.[1][2]