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Full nameBeihai
Official name北海市
Native name北海
Settlement typePrefecture-level city
Total Area1288.1 sq mi (3337 km2)
Total Population1539300 (2010 census)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)572000
Metro (pop.)405600
Other information
Time zoneChina standard time (UTC+8)
Postal code536000
Area code779

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Beihai ( ) is a prefecture-level city of Guangxi, China. Beihai means "north of the sea" in Chinese, signifying its status as a seaport on the north shore of the Gulf of Tonkin. Between the years 2006 and 2020, Beihai is predicted to be the world's fastest growing city. Beihai has a large shipyard, but most of the money generated in the city is derived from trade.

The dialect spoken throughout Beihai is "Baihua" a Cantonese dialect; Mandarin is not often used or spoken by the population (Mandarin is the official language used in government, business and education above elementary level throughout mainland China).

* Area: 3337 km2, 957 km2 urban districts and 563 km2 for built up area.

* Population: 1,539,300 at the 2010 census whom 405,600 live in the built up area made of 2 urban districts Haicheng and Yinhai.

* Municipal seat: Haicheng District

* Geographic coordinates: 108°50′45″ - 109°47′28″ East, 21°29′ - 21°55′34″ North

It governs the small islands of Weizhou and Xieyang, and is north of Hainan Island.

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