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   Xining is the capital of Qinghai province in western China 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. It is a window for you to get a glimpse of Western China.