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43 counties, 3 cities

5.48 million inhabitants

721,200 km2

8 inhabitants/km2

The province of Qinghai in northwestern China borders on Tibet in the south, Xinjiang in the northwest, Gansu in the northeast, and Sichuan in the east. Besides the capital Xining, Golmud, and Delingha are important cities. Qinghai covers the northeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, a high-elevation region dotted with numerous lakes, mostly salty, and surrounded and subdivided by mountain chains, principally the Qilian Range in the north, the …

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Cooke, Susette Ternent, “Qinghai”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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