Qingyuan, is a prefecture-level city in northwestern Guangdong province, People's Republic of China. Its total population is 3.7 million, and the primary language spoken is Cantonese. With an area of 19,015 km2 (7,342 sq mi), Qingyuan is the largest prefecture-level city by land area in the province. It is located on the Bei River, is surrounded by mountainous areas, is directly served by China National Highway 107, which connects the city with Guangzhou.
According to the 2010 Census, Qingyuan has a population of 3,698,394 inhabitants, 550,715 more than in 2000 (an annual growth rate of 1.63%). Han Chinese comprises over 95% of the entire population. Scattered minority Zhuang and Yao are present.
Qingyuan, a prefecture-level city, is a major economic and transportation hub. The Beijing–Guangzhou Railway, China National Highway 106 and 107, and the Bei River cross through the city. The maritime infrastructure in Qingyuan plays a vital role in transporting goods to other Guangdong regional centres and to places as far as Hong Kong and Macau. The major ports are Qingyuan Port, Yingde Port, Lianzhou Port, and Yangshan Port.
Qingyuan is famous for its tourist attractions. These include Niuyuzui, Feilai Temple, Feixia Scenic Spots, Baojing Palace of Yingde, Taihe Ancient Cave of Qingxin, Sankeng Hot Spring in Qingxin County, Huanghua Lake in Fogang, Little Biejiang of Lianyang, Peak Shikengkong in Yangshan County, Underground River of Lianzhou, Three Gorges of Huangchuan, Yinzhan Hot Spring Area, and the indigenous customs of minorities in Liannan and Lianshan.
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