The city is located on the northern slope of the Tianshan Mountains and southern edge of the Junggar Basin, covering a land area of 460 Sq. kilometers with an urban population of 250,000. The city is a new city built along with the development of Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, being honored as "Oasis in Gobi desert".
Shi Hezi is a new city with light and textile as mainstay and with agriculture as a mainstay. Since 1976, rapid progress has been made in all sectors and the same priority given to urban afforestation and municipal construction. There are enterprises of woolen and cotton weaving, knitting, dyeing and printing, papermaking, sugar refining, foodstuff, machinery and building materials. It has superior condition for development and reaps bumper harvest in succession. The new outlook of urban construction and beautiful pastoral scenery in particular have attracted large groups of overseas guests and visitors as well as Hong Kong and Macao compatriots to make a trip and visit to the city for business and cultural activities.