History and Administrative divisions og Qinghai
Qinghai is a northwestern province of China, named after the enormous Qinghai Lake.It has an area of 278,400 sq mi (721,000 sq km), the capital is Xining.It borders Gansu on the northeast, the Xinjiang Autonomous Region on the northwest, Sichuan on the southeast, and Tibet Autonomous Region on the southwest.
Parts of Qinghai came under Chinese control in the 3rd century BC. For centuries it was sparsely occupied by nomadic herdsmen, chiefly Tibetans and Mongols. Qinghai was made a Chinese province in 1928 by the Republic of China.0n Jan.1, 1950, the People’s Republic of China founded Qinghai province.
Qinghai is divided into one prefecture-level city (Xining), one prefecture (Haidong Prefecture), and six autonomous prefectures: Haibei, Hainan, Huangnan, Golog, Gyêgu, and Haixi. All of these are in turn divided into four districts, two county-level cities, thirty counties, and seven autonomous counties.
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