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Qingdao

Qingdao
Administration
Full nameQingdao
Official name青岛市
Native name青岛
Settlement typeSub-provincial city
CountryPeople's Republic of China
ProvinceShandong
Government
City seatShinan District
CPC SecretaryLi Qun (李群)
MayorXia Geng (夏耕)
Geography
Total Area4256 sq mi (11026 km2)
Land Area4256 sq mi (11026 km2)
Urban Area544.6 sq mi (1411 km2)
Metro Area1211.3 sq mi (3138 km2)
Demography
Total Population8715100 (2010)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)3063000
Metro (pop.)4346000
Other information
Time zoneChina Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code266000
Area code532
GDPRMB¥ 443.6 billion (2008)
GDP per capitaRMB¥ 52,895 (2008)
License Plate Prefix鲁B & 鲁U
Coastline862.64 km
(inclusive of offshore islands)
730.64 km
(exclusive of islands)
Major NationalitiesHan: 99.86%
County-level divisions12

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( ; -cmntɕʰíŋtɑ̀ʊ̯) also known in the West by its postal map spelling Tsingtao, is a major city with a population of over 8.715 million (2010 census) in eastern Shandong province, Eastern China. Its built up area, made of 7 urban districts plus Jimo city, is home to about 4,346,000 inhabitants in 2010.

It borders Yantai to the northeast, Weifang to the west and Rizhao to the southwest. The character (qīng) in Chinese means "green" or "lush", while the character (dǎo) means "island". Qingdao is administered at the sub-provincial level.

Lying across the Shandong Peninsula while looking out to the Yellow Sea, Qingdao is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial centre. It is also the site of the Tsingtao Brewery. The world's longest sea bridge, the Qingdao Haiwan Bridge, links the main urban area of Qingdao with Huangdao district, straddling the Jiaozhou Bay sea areas. In 2009, Qingdao was named China's most livable city.


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