Water Tower of China

Updated: Jun 2, 2021 Print
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A yak rests at Qinghai Lake, China's largest salt lake in Northwest China’s Qinghai province. [Photo/VCG]

Population: 5,923,957 (2020)

Area: 722,300 square kilometers


Located in the northwest of China, the sparsely populated Qinghai is the fourth-largest province in China in terms of area after Xinjiang Uygur, Tibet and Inner Mongolia autonomous regions. Qinghai borders Gansu and Sichuan provinces, and Xinjiang and Tibet.

Lying mostly on the Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai has an average elevation of over 3,000 meters above sea level. Qinghai province is home to the origin of the Yangtze, Yellow and Lantsang rivers.


In 2018, Qinghai's GDP amounted to 286.5 billion yuan ($41.59 billion) with a year-on-year growth of 7.2 percent. The province's fixed investment saw year-on-year growth of 7.3 percent in 2018 and the disposable income of all residents climbed by 9.2 percent.

Administrative divisions:

Qinghai province governs two prefecture-level cities and six autonomous prefectures: Xining and Haidong cities, and Haibei Tibetan, Hainan Tibetan, Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan, Huangnan Tibetan, Guoluo Tibetan and Yushu Tibetan autonomous prefectures.

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