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Main Pillars of the economy today are miningandpetro-chemicalindustries.Qinghaiisespeciallyrichinmineralswho'sdepositsareincreasinglyexploited.Minerals foundinabundanceincludeKainite,asbestos, glauber's salt, silica and boron. Especially boron is found in no higher quantity than in QinghaiProvince.
Qinghai Province is also surprisingly rich in Oil, Petrolandnaturalgasreserves.TheQaidamBasinintheNorth-WestisthecenterofOilandGasIndustryaswellasthesceneoffranticminingactivity.
Qinghai Province is a largely Tibetan Province with a unique history as it was only absorbed into The Peoples Republic of China in 1959 AD. Until 1950 AD, when a Chinese Military campaign into East Tibet took place, Qinghai Province did not exist other than as an inseperable part of the Tibetan Region and The Nation of Tibet.
Ethnic Minority Groups of Qinghai Province :
Today Ethic minorities make up more than 2.38 million, or 45.5 percent of the total population of Qinghai Province. Of them the far majority are Tibetan, Hui, Tu, Salar and Mongolian. The Tibetan people account for 21.89 percent of the province’s population, the islamic Hui 15.89 percent, Tu 3.85 percent, Salar 1.85 percent, and Mongolian 1.71 percent. The remainder are Han imigrants of whom more and more are entering Qinghai Province.
The Main Rivers in Qinghai are the Yangtze River and the Yellow River (Huanghe He), which both spring from regions in the South of the Province. Others are the Shule River, Datong River, the Buh River, the Qagan Us River, Urt Moron River, Narin River, Togton River, Tongtian River, the Dam Qu (River), Zha Qu, Ji Qu River, The Huangshui River - a tributary of the Yellow River - and finally the Qu River itself.
Main Cities & Population Centres of Qinghai Province :
Xining (西宁市), Golmud -Ge'ermu or Geermu (格尔木), Haiyan in Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (海北藏族自治州), Ping'An in Haidong Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (海东地区), Gonghe in Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (海南藏族自治州), Tongren in Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (黄南藏族自治州), Delingha in Haixi Mongol & Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (海西蒙古族藏族自治州), Yushu (Gyêgu) in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (玉树藏族自治州) , Maqen in Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (果洛藏族自治州).
Qinghai Province is divided into 1 City Prefecture - Xining, 1 Prefecture - Haidong and 6 Ethnic States (Autonomous Prefectures). Such Prefectures are further subdivided into Counties.
Transportation & Travel Connections in Qinghai Province :
RAILROADS IN QINGHAI:
Currently the most important railroad in Qinghai Province is the now internationally famous Tibet Express, in China known as the Xizang or Qinzang Railway. This railway connects the Capital of China,Beijing,withLhasa, CapitalofTibet(AR).Intotaltheentirerailroadmeasures1956 kilometers (1215 miles),alargeandratherwildsection of which lies within Qinghai Province.
Until some twenty years ago road connections in Qinghai were nothing like they are today. Roads were sparse, narrow and often cut or threatened by rockfalls, flash floodings and winter snows. Today roads in Qinghai are still sparse. Officially the total length of operational roads and highways in the Province total 17,200 kilometers and rising.
SatelliteImageofChinaandotherpartsofAsiaatnight,clearlyshowingtheTibetanPlateuxasablackgap. Since population has grown, population centers grown and connected to electric power-grids. Regarless many parts of Qinghai Province are virtually uninhabitable.
Schematic overview of the Administrative Divisions within Qinghai Province.
This page was last updated on: July 10, 2017
Highlights, Monuments and Scenic sites of Qinghai Province
There are but 16 museums in Qinghai Province. The Top Tourist attractions of Qinghai Province are considered to be the the Ta'Er (kumbum) Monastery, The Dongguan Great Mosque of Xining first built in 1379 AD, the Giant Qinghai Lake which lies only 100 kilometers west of Xining, and the the natural sceneries of the Province among which first and foremost the Mengda Nature Reserve. Next in popularity are the various minority communities near Xining and in South Qinghai Province. There are however many more smaller worthwhile things to see and places to visit.
Much less talked about let alone highlighted or visited are the remnants of The Great Wall of China in Qinghai Province.
The City of Xining is the largest City in Qinghai Province and traditionally the focal point of Han influence in Eastern Tibet (now Qinghai Province). Today it is well connected City served by both the Tibet (Qinzang) Railroad and the Xining Caojiaba Airport. More and more foreign travelers pass through Xining.
There are three main scenic sights in East Qinghai Province. Two of these lie relatively close to the provincial Capital of Xining with its airport, the third -Mengda Nature Reserve-lies at considerable distance and travel time away from Xining and is far more difficult to include into a travel itenerary.
The closest historic and cultural destination to Xining is the Kumbum Monastery, known in Chinese as Ta'Er Si.
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