is the capital of Qinghai province
and the largest city on the Tibetan Plateau. The city is
the political, economic, and cultural center of Qinghai
Province with an average altitude of about 2,200 metres.
It is located on the eastern edge of the Tibet Plateau and
the upper reaches of the Huangshui River. Xining is
composed of four districts (East, West, South & North),
three counties (Da Tong, Huang Zhong, Huang Yuan), one
Economic &Tech Development Zone, and one Cheng Nan New
District. With a total area of 7,665 square kilometers,
it has a total population of 2.1 million and an urban
coverage of 350 square kilometers and 1.03 million urban
populations. Xining is a multinational and
multi-religion city, consisting of 36 nationalities such
as Han, Hui, Tu, Tibetan, Mongolian, Manchu and Salar
etc., which constitute 25% of the total population.
Xining's main minority groups provide a large portion of
the food on offer.
As it is home to many Hui people, the city itself has a
strong Islamic flavor. The city was a commercial hub
along the Northern Silk Road's Hexi Corridor for over
2000 years. Xining holds sites of religious significance
to Muslims and Buddhists, including the Dongguan Mosque
and Ta’er Monastery. Xining is a city full of vigor.
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