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Encyclopedia > Qinghai
青海省
Qīnghǎi Shěng
Abbreviation(s): 青 (pinyin: Qīng)
Qinghai is highlighted on this map
Origin of name From Mongolian Köke Naγur:
Köke - green/blue
Naγur - Lake
"green lake" (Lake Qinghai)
In Chinese:
青 qīng - green/blue
海 hǎi - sea
"green sea"
Administration type Province
Capital and
Largest City
Xining
CPC Qinghai Committee Secretary Zhao Leji
Governor Song Xiuyan
Area 721,000 km² (4th)
Population (2004)
 - Density
5,390,000 (30th)
7.48/km² (30th)
GDP (2004)
 - per capita
CNY 46.57 billion (29th)
CNY 8640 (19th)
Major nationalities (2000) Han - 54%
Tibetan - 23%
Hui - 16%
Tu - 4%
Salar - 1.8%
Mongol - 1.8%
Prefecture-level divisions 8
County-level divisions 43
Township-level divisions
(December 31, 2004)
429
ISO 3166-2 CN-63
Official website:
http://www.qhinfo.com/head/ (Simplified Chinese)
Source for population and GDP data:
《中国统计年鉴—2005》/ China Statistical Yearbook 2005 ISBN 7503747382

Source for nationalities data:
《2000年人口普查中国民族人口资料》/ Tabulation on nationalities of 2000 population census of China ISBN 7105054255

Qinghai (Chinese: 青海; Hanyu Pinyin: Qīnghǎi; Wade-Giles: Ch'ing-hai; Postal System Pinyin: Tsinghai; Tibetan: མཚོ་སྔོན་ mtsho-sngon; Mongolian: Köke Naγur; Manchu: Huhu Noor) is a province of the People's Republic of China, named after the enormous Qinghai Lake. It borders Gansu on the northeast, the Xinjiang Autonomous Region on the northwest, Sichuan on the southeast, and Tibet Autonomous Region on the southwest. It has been suggested that Apocopation be merged into this article or section. ... Hanyu Pinyin (Simplified Chinese: 汉语拼音; Traditional Chinese: 漢語拼音; Hanyu Pinyin: , lit. ... Made by uploader based on a large scale map of China by woodhome and hunry of the XZQH forums. ... Qinghai Lake (Chinese: 青海湖; pinyin: qīnghǎi hú; Mongolian: Koro Nor; Tibetan: Tso Ngonpo; the green-blue sea) is the largest and highest lake in China and is the second largest inland saltwater lake on Earth (after the Great Salt Lake in the United States). ... A province, in the context of China, is a translation of sheng (省 shÄ›ng), which is an administrative division of China. ... Location of Xining Xining (Simplified Chinese : 西宁, Traditional Chinese : 西寧, Tibetan : Ziling) is the capital of Qinghai Province, Peoples Republic of China. ... The Communist Party of China (CPC) (official name) or Chinese Communist Party (CCP) (Simplified Chinese: 中国共产党; Traditional Chinese: 中國共産黨; Hanyu Pinyin: ) is the ruling political party of the Peoples Republic of China. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Song Xiuyan (宋秀岩, Oct. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... This is a list of the first-level administrative divisions of Mainland China (including all provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities) in order of their total areas. ... 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This is a list of the first-level administrative divisions of Mainland China (including all provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities) in order of their total gross domestic product per capita in 2003. ... The Peoples Republic of China officially describes itself as a multi-ethnic unitary state and as such officially recognizes 56 nationalities or mínzú (民族), within China: the Han being the majority (>92%), and the remaining 55 nationalities being the national minorities. ... Han Chinese (Simplified Chinese: 汉族; Traditional Chinese: 漢族; Hanyu Pinyin: ) is a term which refers to the majority ethnic group within China and the largest single human ethnic group in the world. ... The Tibetan people are a people living in Tibet and some surrounding areas. ... The Hui people (Chinese: 回族; Pinyin: ) are a Chinese ethnic group, typically distinguished by their practice of the Islamic religion. ... The Tu (土) people are an ethnic group. ... The Salar people are an ethnic group in eastern Qinghai and southwestern Gansu. ... Honorary guard of Mongolia. ... Prefecture, in the context of China, is used to refer to several unrelated political divisions in both ancient and modern China. ... In the context of Political divisions of China, county is the standard English translation of 县 (xiàn). ... When referring to Political Divisions of China, township is the standard English translation of the Chinese 乡 (xiāng). ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... ISO 3166-2 is the second part of the ISO 3166 standard. ... The front page of the English Wikipedia Website. ... 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In the early twentieth century, China (starting with the dying Qing Empire) used Postal (Office) System Pinyin (Traditional Chinese:郵政式拼音 Pinyin: Yóuzhèngshì PÄ«nyÄ«n) (unrelated to the modern Hanyu Pinyin), based on Wade-Giles (in particularly, Herbert Giless A Chinese-English Dictionary) for postal purposes, especially for... Tibetan can refer to: A place or item from Tibet. ... The Manchu (Manchu: Manju; Simplified Chinese: 满族; Traditional Chinese: 滿族; Hanyu pinyin: ) are a Tungusic people who originated in Northeastern Asia, collectively known in English as Manchuria. ... For other province-level divisions, see Political divisions of China. ... Qinghai Lake from space, November 1994 Qinghai Lake or Lake Kokonor (Tibetan: mtsho khri sgir rgyal mo and Tso Ngonpo; The Blue Sea, Mongolian: Хөхнуур [Höhnuur], []; Chinese: 青海湖;, pinyin: QÄ«nghÇŽi Hú) is the largest and highest lake in China. ... Gansu (Simplified Chinese: 甘肃; Traditional Chinese: 甘肅; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Kan-su, Kansu, or Kan-suh) is a province located in the northwest of the Peoples Republic of China. ... Xinjiang (Uyghur: (Shinjang); Chinese: æ–°ç–†; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Hsin1-chiang1; Postal Pinyin: Sinkiang), full name Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Uyghur: شىنجاڭ ئۇيغۇر ئاپتونوم رايونى (Shinjang Uyghur Aptonom Rayoni); Simplified Chinese: 新疆维吾尔自治区; Traditional Chinese: 新疆維吾爾自治區; Hanyu Pinyin: ), is an autonomous region of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ... Sichuan (Chinese: 四川; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Ssu-ch`uan; Postal Pinyin: Szechwan and Szechuan) is a province in central-western China with its capital at Chengdu. ... The Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) (Tibetan: བོད་རང་སྐྱོང་ལྗོངས་; Wylie: Bod-rang-skyong-ljongs; Simplified Chinese: 西藏自治区; Traditional Chinese: 西藏自治區; Hanyu Pinyin: ), is a province-level autonomous region of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ...

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History

Most of Qinghai is part of the traditional provinces of Kham and Amdo of Tibet. It is the birthplace and home to many influential Tibetan figures in history, including Tsongkapa and many of the Dalai Lamas. Kham (Wylie transliteration: Khams, Tibetan: ཁམས, Simplified Chinese: 康, Pinyin: Kāng) province is one of several provinces comprising traditional Tibet (the others Amdo and Ü-Tsang). ... Amdo (Tibetan: ཨ༌མདོ, Chinese: 安多, Pinyin: Ānduō) is considered the northern part of Tibet by Tibetans and is the place from where the present Dalai Lama comes from. ... This article is on historic Tibet. ...


In 1928 it became a province of the then Republic of China. 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... National motto: None Official language Mandarin Chinese Capital and largest city Taipei President Chen Shui-bian Vice President Annette Lu Premier Su Tseng-chang Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 138th 35,980 km² 2. ...


Geography

Qinghai is located on the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau. The Yellow River (Huang He) originates in the middle of the province, while the Yangtze and Mekong have their sources in the southern part. Tibet Autonomous Region, Qinghai Province and Sichuan Province of China lie on the Tibetan Plateau. ... The Yellow River, (Chinese: 黃河; (help· info), Pinyin: Huáng Hé; Wade-Giles: Hwang-ho; literally, Yellow River), is 4,700 km long and is the second longest river in China, after the Yangtze. ... Afternoon light on the jagged grey mountains rising from the Yangtze River gorge The Yangtze River or Chang Jiang is the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world after the Amazon in South America and the Nile in Africa. ... View of the Mekong before the sunset The Mekong is one of the worlds major rivers. ...

Qinghai is located on the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau, the world's highest region.
Qinghai is located on the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau, the world's highest region.

The average elevation of Qinghai is about 3000 metres above sea level. Mountain ranges includes the Tangula Mountains and the Kunlun Mountains to name two. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (864x458, 320 KB)The relief of the Tibetan Plateau with administrative region boundaries within China shown (Self-drawn by Alan Mak based on a world map in Wikimedia Commons) The map is a bit off. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (864x458, 320 KB)The relief of the Tibetan Plateau with administrative region boundaries within China shown (Self-drawn by Alan Mak based on a world map in Wikimedia Commons) The map is a bit off. ... Tibet Autonomous Region, Qinghai Province and Sichuan Province of China lie on the Tibetan Plateau. ... Region containing Kunlun Mountains The Kunlun mountain range (崑崙山) is one of the longest mountain chains in Asia, extending more than 3000 km. ...


Its average temperature is approximately -5'c to 8'c, with January temperature ranging from -18.2'c to -7'c and July temperature ranging from 5'c to 21'c. It is also prone to heavy winds as well as sandstorms from February to April.


Qinghai Lake (Koko Nor) is the largest lake in the People's Republic of China. Qinghai Lake from space, November 1994 Qinghai Lake or Lake Kokonor (Tibetan: mtsho khri sgir rgyal mo and Tso Ngonpo; The Blue Sea, Mongolian: Хөхнуур [Höhnuur], []; Chinese: 青海湖;, pinyin: QÄ«nghÇŽi Hú) is the largest and highest lake in China. ... Qinghai Lake (Chinese: 青海湖; pinyin: qīnghǎi hú; Mongolian: Koro Nor; Tibetan: Tso Ngonpo; the green-blue sea) is the largest and highest lake in China and is the second largest inland saltwater lake on Earth (after the Great Salt Lake in the United States). ...


Administrative divisions

Qinghai is divided into 1 prefecture-level city (Xining), 1 prefecture (Haidong Prefecture), and 6 autonomous prefectures: Haibei, Hainan, Huangnan, Golog, Gyêgu, and Haixi. All of these are in turn divided into 4 districts, 2 county-level cities, 30 counties, and 7 autonomous counties. A prefecture-level city (地级市 Pinyin: dìjí shì, literally region-level city) or prefecture-level municipality is an administrative division of the Peoples Republic of China, ranking below a province and above a county in Chinas administrative structure. ... Location of Xining Xining (Simplified Chinese : 西宁, Traditional Chinese : 西寧, Tibetan : Ziling) is the capital of Qinghai Province, Peoples Republic of China. ... Prefecture, in the context of China, is used to refer to several unrelated political divisions in both ancient and modern China. ... Prefecture, in the context of China, is used to refer to several unrelated political divisions in both ancient and modern China. ... location of Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture within Qinghai Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (simplified Chinese: 海北藏族自治州; pinyin: HÇŽibÄ›i Zàngzú Zìzhìzhōu; Tibetan: མཚོ་བཡྣང་བོད་རིགས་རང་སྐྱོང་ཁུལ་; Wylie: Mtsho-byang Bod-rigs rang-skyong-khul) is an autonomous prefecture of Qinghai province in China. ... location of Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture within Qinghai Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (simplified Chinese: 海南藏族自治州; pinyin: HÇŽinán Zàngzú Zìzhìzhōu; Tibetan: མཚོ་ལྷོ་བོད་རིགས་རང་སྐྱོང་ཁུལ་; Wylie: Mtsho-lho Bod-rigs rang-skyong-khul) is an autonomous prefecture of Qinghai province in China. ... location of Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture within Qinghai Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (simplified Chinese: 黄南藏族自治州; pinyin: HÇŽinán Zàngzú Zìzhìzhōu; Tibetan: རྨ་ལྷོ་བོད་རིགས་རང་སྐྱོང་ཁུལ་; Wylie: Rma-lho Bod-rigs rang-skyong-khul) is an autonomous prefecture of Qinghai province in China. ... location of Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture within Qinghai Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (simplified Chinese: 果洛藏族自治州; pinyin: GuÇ’luò Zàngzú Zìzhìzhōu; Tibetan: མགོ་ལོག་བོད་རིགས་རང་སྐྱོང་ཁུལ་; Wylie: Mgo-log Bod-rigs rang-skyong-khul) is an autonomous prefecture of Qinghai province in China. ... Gyêgu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (simplified Chinese: 玉树藏族自治州; pinyin: Yùshù Zàngzú Zìzhìzhōu; Tibetan: ཡུལ་ཤུལ་བོད་རིགས་རང་སྐྱོང་ཁུལ་ / Yul-shul Bod-rigs rang-skyong-khul) is an autonomous prefecture in Qinghai. ... Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (simplified Chinese: 海西蒙古族藏族自治州; pinyin: HÇŽixÄ« MÄ›nggÇ”zú Zàngzú Zìzhìzhōu; Tibetan: མཚོ་ནུབ་སོག་རིགས་ཆ་བོད་རིགས་རང་སྐྱོང་ཁུལ་; Wylie: Mtsho-nub Sog-rigs dang Bod-rigs rang-skyong-khul) is an autonomous prefecture in Qinghai. ... District, in the context of China, is used to refer to several unrelated political divisions in both ancient and modern China. ... A county-level city (县级市 Pinyin: xiànjí shì) is a county-level administrative division of mainland China. ... In the context of Political divisions of China, county is the standard English translation of 县 (xiàn). ... In the context of Political divisions of China, county is the standard English translation of 县 (xi  n). ...


See List of administrative divisions of Qinghai for a complete list of county-level divisions. Qinghai, a province of the Peoples Republic of China, is made up of the following administrative divisions: 8 prefecture-level divisions 1 prefecture-level city 1 prefecture 6 autonomous prefectures 43 county-level divisions 2 county-level cities 30 counties 7 autonomous counties 4 districts 429 township-level divisions... In the context of Political divisions of China, county is the standard English translation of 县 (xiàn). ...


Economy

Qinghai's economy is amongst the smallest in all of China. Its nominal GDP for 2004 was just 46.57 billion RMB (5.78 billion USD) and contributes to a little over 0.3% of the entire country's economy. Per capita GDP was 7310 RMB (882 USD). It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in...


Its heavy industry includes iron and steel productions, located near its capital city of Xining. Oil and natural gas from the Chaidamu Basin have also been an important contributor to the economy.


Demographics

The province of Qinghai boasts a population of 5.2 million, among which the Han is the largest group. Other groups include the Tibetans, Tu, Hui, Salar and Mongols. Han Chinese (Simplified Chinese: 汉族; Traditional Chinese: 漢族; Hanyu Pinyin: ) is a term which refers to the majority ethnic group within China and the largest single human ethnic group in the world. ... The Tibetan people are a people living in Tibet and some surrounding areas. ... Tu or TU may stand for: Tu Matauenga; Tu (ethnic group); Tu (band); Tu, an abbreviation for the Russian Tupolev design bureau; or Tu Hundred - a district of Westmannia in Sweden the IATA code for Tunisair universities: any Technische Universität, i. ... The Hui people (Chinese: 回族; Pinyin: ) are a Chinese ethnic group, typically distinguished by their practice of the Islamic religion. ... The Salar people are an ethnic group in eastern Qinghai and southwestern Gansu. ... Honorary guard of Mongolia. ...


Culture

Qinghai's culture is heavily influenced by Tibet, given the close proximity as well as a shared history.


Culturally speaking, the Tibetans of Qinghai are either Amdo or Kham Tibetans. The Amdo Tibetans distinguishes themselves from the Kham Tibetan and U-Tsang Tibetan in many aspects. For example, the Amdo Tibetan dialect retains many consonant clusters from Classical Tibetan that have been lost in Lhasa Tibetan dialect: in Lhasa these clusters are retained in spelling only. An analogy can be drawn with Chinese, with Mandarin being Lhasa Tibetan and Cantonese being Amdo Tibetan: like Cantonese, the Amdo dialect retains a pronunciation closer to the ancient tongue. Amdo (Tibetan: ཨ༌མདོ, Chinese: 安多, Pinyin: Ānduō) is considered the northern part of Tibet by Tibetans and is the place from where the present Dalai Lama comes from. ... Kham (Wylie transliteration: Khams, Tibetan: ཁམས, Simplified Chinese: 康, Pinyin: Kāng) province is one of several provinces comprising traditional Tibet (the others Amdo and Ü-Tsang). ...


Transportation

The Lanqing Railway, running between Lanzhou, Gansu and Xining, the province's capital, was completed in 1959 and is the major transportation route in and out of the province. A continuation of the line, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway through Golmud, has become one of the most ambitious projects in PRC history. It has been completed in October 2005 and connects Tibet with the rest of China through Qinghai. Six National Highways run through the province. Xining Airport provides service to Beijing, Lanzhou, Golmud and Delingha. LanQing railway is the first step of an ambitious plan set by the Peoples Republic of China to connect Tibet with the rest of China by railway. ... Lanzhou (Simplified Chinese: å…°å·ž; Traditional Chinese: 蘭州; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Lan-chou; Postal System Pinyin: Lanchow) is the capital of Gansu province, China. ... Gansu (Simplified Chinese: 甘肃; Traditional Chinese: 甘肅; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Kan-su, Kansu, or Kan-suh) is a province located in the northwest of the Peoples Republic of China. ... Location of Xining Xining (Simplified Chinese : 西宁, Traditional Chinese : 西寧, Tibetan : Ziling) is the capital of Qinghai Province, Peoples Republic of China. ... The Qinghai-Tibet railway, or Qingzang Railway (Simplified Chinese: 青藏铁路; Traditional Chinese: 青藏鐵路; Hanyu pinyin: ), is a railway which connects Xining, Qinghai Province, to Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, in the Peoples Republic of China. ... Location of Golmud Golmud (Chinese: 格尔木; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Koerhmu; Tibetan: ན་གོར་མོ་; Wylie: Na-gor-mo) is a county-level city in Qinghai Province, China. ... Look up October in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... (help· info) (IPA peiË© tɕɪŋ˦), a city in northern China, is the capital of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ... Lanzhou (Simplified Chinese: å…°å·ž; Traditional Chinese: 蘭州; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Lan-chou; Postal System Pinyin: Lanchow) is the capital of Gansu province, China. ... Location of Golmud Golmud (Chinese: 格尔木; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Koerhmu; Tibetan: ན་གོར་མོ་; Wylie: Na-gor-mo) is a county-level city in Qinghai Province, China. ...


See Transportation in China. Transportation in China may refer to: transportation in mainland China, that is, the Peoples Republic of China, excluding Hong Kong and Macau transportation in Hong Kong transportation in Macau transportation in the Republic of China This is a disambiguation page — a list of articles associated with the same title. ...


Tourism

Qinghai Lake from space, November 1994
Qinghai Lake from space, November 1994

Many tourist attractions center on Xining, the provincial seat of Qinghai. Xining, a vibrant city of 1.1 million, is squeezed between a long valley, offering an amazing blend of culture from Tibetan, Hui, and other minorities along with the Han majority. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (640x640, 137 KB) Qinghai Lake, China - November 1994 image description here File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (640x640, 137 KB) Qinghai Lake, China - November 1994 image description here File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Qinghai Lake from space, November 1994 Qinghai Lake or Lake Kokonor (Tibetan: mtsho khri sgir rgyal mo and Tso Ngonpo; The Blue Sea, Mongolian: Хөхнуур [Höhnuur], []; Chinese: 青海湖;, pinyin: Qīnghǎi Hú) is the largest and highest lake in China. ...


The city itself has many worthwhile stops, including the Great Mosque of Xining (qīngzhēn dà sì) and North Mountain Temple (bĕishān sì).


Outside of Xining lie two notable attractions:


The Kumbum Monastery (Tibetan: sKu 'bum dKon pa)(tă'ĕr sì) lies 30km outside of Xining, and likely any taxi from the city will get you there, but be sure to haggle for a decent price. The Monastery is one of the most important Yellow Hat Sect monasteries in the world, and also includes a Hall of Yak Butter Sculptures, which is not to be missed. Admission is 35RMB, and extra for guides who speak a variety of languages.


Qinghai Lake (qīnghăi hú) is another tourist attraction, albeit further from Xining than Kumbum. The lake is the largest saltwater lake in China, and is also located on the "Roof of the World," the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. The lake itself lies at 3,600m elevation. The surrounding area is made up of beautiful rolling grasslands and filled with Ethnic Tibetans, making for an authentic experience. Most pre-arranged tours will stop at Bird Island (niăo dăo), but check to make sure if admission is included in any tour package. A Tour from Xining, around the entire lake, and back with stops for lunch, shopping, and sightseeing can easily run 12 hours (more for Bird Island), so it may be wise to allot an entire day for this side trip. Each year a bicycle race happens from Xining to Qinghai lake. Qinghai Lake from space, November 1994 Qinghai Lake or Lake Kokonor (Tibetan: mtsho khri sgir rgyal mo and Tso Ngonpo; The Blue Sea, Mongolian: Хөхнуур [Höhnuur], []; Chinese: 青海湖;, pinyin: QÄ«nghÇŽi Hú) is the largest and highest lake in China. ...


Qinghai offers many outstanding travel opportunities. In this area of Historical Tibet, the local culture is a large draw. Many argue that due to Chinese governmental actions in the 'Tibetan Autonomous Region', Tibetan culture is actually much more intact in Yunnan, Sichuan, and Qinghai than in the current T.A.R. Tibet is situated between the two ancient cultural centers of India and China but its location on the remote Tibetan plateau served to isolate it from both. ...


External links

  • The Provincial Government of Qinghai
  • Large map of Qinghai


Province-level divisions administered by the People's Republic of China
Provinces: Anhui | Fujian | Gansu | Guangdong | Guizhou | Hainan | Hebei | Heilongjiang | Henan | Hubei | Hunan | Jiangsu | Jiangxi | Jilin | Liaoning | Qinghai | Shaanxi | Shandong | Shanxi | Sichuan | Yunnan | Zhejiang
Autonomous Regions: Guangxi | Inner Mongolia | Ningxia | Tibet | Xinjiang
Municipalities: Beijing | Chongqing | Shanghai | Tianjin
Special Administrative Regions: Hong Kong | Macau
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Qinghai is located on the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau, the world's highest region.
Qinghai's economy is amongst the smallest in all of China.
The province of Qinghai boasts a population of 5.2 million, among which the Han is the largest group.
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