Qitai (chēˈtĪˈ) [key] or Kitai kēˈtĪˈ, town and oasis, N Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China, in the Dzungarian basin. It is a road hub and a trading center (furs, skins, raisins, and tea). Gold mines are nearby. The name sometimes appears as Ch'i-tai.
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