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Qingdao

Qingdao
Sub-provincial city
Clockwise from top left: Qingdao skyline, St. Michael's Cathedral, Qingdao harbour by night, a temple at the base of Mount Lao, and May Fourth Square
Clockwise from top left: Qingdao skyline, St. Michael's Cathedral, Qingdao harbour by night, a temple at the base of Mount Lao, and May Fourth Square
Official seal of Qingdao
Seal
Location of Qingdao City (yellow) in Shandong province
Location of Qingdao City (yellow) in Shandong province
Qingdao is located in China
Qingdao
Qingdao
Location in China
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Country People's Republic of China
Province Shandong
Municipal seat Shinan District
Government
 • CPC Secretary Li Qun
 • Mayor Zhang Xinqi ()
Area
 • Sub-provincial city 11,067 km2 (4,273 sq mi)
 • Land 11,067 km2 (4,273 sq mi)
 • Urban 3,239 km2 (1,251 sq mi)
 • Metro 5,019 km2 (1,938 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Sub-provincial city 8,715,087
 • Density 790/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
 • Urban 4,587,183
 • Urban density 1,400/km2 (3,700/sq mi)
 • Metro 5,764,384
 • Metro density 1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 266000
Area code(s) 532
GDP ¥ 869.21 billion (2014)
GDP per capita ¥ 96,524 (2014)
License Plate Prefix ?B & ?U
Coastline 862.64 km (536.02 mi)
(inclusive of offshore islands)
730.64 km (454.00 mi)
(exclusive of islands)
Major Nationalities Han: 99.86%
County-level divisions 10
Website www.qingdao.gov.cn
Qingdao
"Qingdao" in Simplified Chinese
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Postal Tsingtao
Tsingtau (1898–1922)
Literal meaning "Green island"
German name
German Tsingtau

Qingdao ([tj?´?ta`?]; Chinese: ; also spelt Tsingtao) is a city in eastern Shandong Province on the east coast of China as well as the largest city in Shandong province. Administered at the sub-provincial level, Qingdao has jurisdiction over seven districts and five county-level cities. According to the 2010 census, the built-up (or metro) area made up of 6 urban districts and Jimo City had 5,764,384 inhabitants, while the total population of the Sub-provincial city is up to 8.71 million. Lying across the Shandong Peninsula and looking out to the Yellow Sea, it borders Yantai to the northeast, Weifang to the west and Rizhao to the southwest. Qing (?) in Chinese means "green" or "lush", while dao (?) means "island".

Qingdao is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial centre. The world's longest sea bridge, the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, links the main urban area of Qingdao with Huangdao district, straddling the Jiaozhou Bay sea areas. It is also the site of the Tsingtao Brewery, the second largest brewery in China.

In 2007, Qingdao was named as among China's top ten cities by the Chinese Cities Brand Value Report, which was released at the 2007 Beijing Summit of China Cities Forum. In 2009, Qingdao was named China's most livable city by the Chinese Institute of City Competitiveness.

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