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Urgench (139 thousand people)
Urgench is the administrative centre of Khorezm viloyat, built on site of trading village of Khiva Kingdom with a petty fortress of 17 c. It is situated on the left bank of river Amu-Darya.
Modern Urgench is a big industrially and culturally developed centre. The region is the most northern area of cotton sowing in the world; nevertheless crop yield of cotton is the highest in the republic.
Viloyat is a leading supplier of rice in Uzbekistan; also it has the best seed lucerne in the world. Khorezm sorts of melons and watermelons are very tasty and juicy. In addition, sericulture is developed here from ancient times.

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Graham, Stephen
Through Russian Central Asia (1916)