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Clockwise from the top: Aerial view of the city, Shanhai Pass, Longtan Falls, Yan Mountains, Old Dragon Head, Habitat Apartments
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Location of Qinhuangdao City jurisdiction in Hebei
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Location of the city centre in Hebei
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Qinhuangdao (China)
Coordinates(People's Square): 39°56′26″N119°35′42″E / 39.9406°N 119.5951°E / 39.9406; 119.5951
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hebei
EstablishedMarch 3, 1983
Municipal seat Haigang District
  Party Secretary Meng Xiangwei
  Mayor Zhang Ruishu
   Prefecture-level city 7,791.57 km2 (3,008.34 sq mi)
330.25 km2 (127.51 sq mi)
   Districts [1] 2,131.5 km2 (823.0 sq mi)
   Prefecture-level city 2,897,605
  Density370/km2 (960/sq mi)
  Urban density3,800/km2 (9,800/sq mi)
  Districts [1]
Time zone UTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
Area code(s) (0)335
ISO 3166 code CN-HE-03
Licence Plate Prefix冀C
Website http://www.qhd.gov.cn/
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"Qinhuangdao", as written in Simplified Chinese (top) and Traditional Chinese (bottom)
Simplified Chinese 秦皇岛
Traditional Chinese 秦皇島
Literal meaning Qin Shi Huang Island

Qinhuangdao ( /ˈɪnˈhwɑːŋˈd/ ; [2] Chinese :秦皇岛) is a port city on the coast of China in northern Hebei province. It is administratively a prefecture-level city, about 300 km (190 mi) east of Beijing, on the Bohai Sea, the innermost gulf of the Yellow Sea. Its population during the 2010 national census was 2,987,605, with approximately one million people living in the built-up (or 'metro') area made up of three urban districts.


The city's name "Qinhuangdao" literally means "Qin Emperor island", and is allegedly originated from the legend that the Jieshishan Scenic Area in Changli County was the site of First Emperor of Qin's famous ritual during his fourth and final survey tour to the east in 210 BC. The "island" refers to the Nanshan area of the Port of Qinhuangdao at the southern edge of the city's Haigang District, which used to be a small offshore island until the late Qing dynasty, when dumping of dredged silt joined it to the mainland after the Guangxu Emperor approved the port's construction in the late 19th century.

In the 19th century, Qinhuangdao included the separate towns of Qinhuangdao and Tanghe. [n 1] Both were stations along the Peking–Mukden Railway. The design and construction of the new harbour and port of Ching Wang Tao in the Gulf of Pechili was undertaken by the partnership of Sir John Wolfe-Barry and Lt Col Arthur John Barry at the turn of the 20th century. [3]

Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium was used as one of the soccer venues during the 2008 Summer Olympics.


Qinhuangdao sits on the northwest coast of the Bohai Sea and borders Tangshan to the southwest, Chengde to the northwest, and Liaoning to the northeast. Its administrative area ranges in latitude 39° 24' to 40° 37' N and in longitude from 118° 33' to 119° 51' E, and has a total area of 7,812.4 km2 (3,016.4 sq mi).

Since the elevation of Tianjin to a provincial-level municipality, Qinhuangdao is the chief port of Hebei. The Qin emperor Qin Shi Huang is said to have sought immortality on an island in Haigang District but did not find it.

Qinhuangdao has three main developed areas:

Qinhuangdao's Olympic Sports Centre Stadium was used as an Olympic Competition Venue (Football Preliminary) during the 2008 Summer Olympics.


Qinhuangdao has a monsoon-influenced humid continental climate (Köppen Dwa), with four distinct seasons. Winters are cold and dry due to the Siberian high, which often causes winds to blow in from the northwest, minimising the oceanic influence: the monthly daily average temperature in January is −4.8 °C (23.4 °F), colder than Beijing's −3.7 °C (25.3 °F). [5] Summers are hot and humid due to the East Asian Monsoon, often allowing onshore flows; summer is also when the coast moderates the weather the most: the average high temperature in July here is 28.1 °C (83 °F), as compared to 30.9 °C (88 °F) in Beijing. [5] As measured by daily mean temperature, July and August are equally warm, averaging 24.7 °C (76.5 °F). The annual mean is 11.0 °C (51.8 °F), and 70% of the annual precipitation falls from June to August.

Climate data for Qinhuangdao (1971−2000)
Record high °C (°F)11.5
Average high °C (°F)0.1
Daily mean °C (°F)−4.8
Average low °C (°F)−8.8
Record low °C (°F)−20.8
Average precipitation mm (inches)3.0
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)
Source: Weather China

Administrative divisions

Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Population
Area (km²)Density
City proper
Haigang District 海港区Hǎigǎng Qū765,2542463,110
Shanhaiguan District 山海关区Shānhǎiguān Qū178,879193926
Beidaihe District 北戴河区Běidàihé Qū85,647731,173
Funing District 抚宁区Fǔníng Qū517,0731,618319
Changli County 昌黎县Chānglí Xiàn559,6871,212461
Lulong County 卢龙县Lúlóng Xiàn384,439961400
Qinglong Manchu Autonomous County 青龙满族自治县Qīnglóng Mǎnzú Zìzhìxiàn496,7263,510141

Development Zone

The Qinhuangdao Economic & Technology Development Zone was approved by the State Council in 1984 to become one of China's first state-level economic and technological development zones. Qinhuangdao is in the heart of the rapidly growing “Bohai-Rim Economic Circle”, in easy reach of Beijing (280 km (170 mi)) and Tianjin (245 km (152 mi)). [6] It covers a sea area of 23.81 km2 (9.19 sq mi) and has a coastline of 6 km (3.7 mi). The planned and controlled area of the development zone has reached 56.72 km2 (21.90 sq mi). By the end of 2006, the number of approved projects reached 4,546, in which 647 projects were foreign-invested, with a total investment of US$4.73 billion.

Qinhuangdao Export Processing Zone is the first export processing zone in Hebei Province. It passed joint appraisal held by Customs General Administration People's Republic of China, State Development Planning Commission and other six departments in 2003. Industries encouraged in the zone include electronics assembly and manufacturing, building/construction materials, computer software, trading and distribution. [7]


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Looking south along Minzu Road from the top floor of the International Trade Hotel

Qinhuangdao Port is a strategically important port and is the largest coal shipping port in the country, much of which is shipped to power plants elsewhere in China. With recent expansion, its capacity has reached 209 million metric tons. The harbor is adding a further six berths to add capacity and is increasingly being invested in by other port operators, such as South Africa's Port of Richards Bay, who have announced plans to invest US$150 million to increase capacity by at least 28 percent.

China is the world's third largest coal exporter, and Qinhuangdao is expected to handle much of the nation's coal exports. Rail links from Shanxi province (China's largest coal producer) to Qinhuangdao Port are being upgraded, which should allow for Qinhuangdao to ultimately increase its throughput to 400 million tonnes of coal per annum from its current level of about 250 million tons by 2015.

Other Chinese and foreign service suppliers are moving to Qinhuangdao to support this. China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co, China's biggest shipping company, expects US$49 billion of spending on ports over the next five years as the industry tackles bottlenecks created by the nation's unprecedented economic boom. [8]

Qinhuangdao is on the Jingshen Expressway which links Beijing with Shenyang, Liaoning.

The city is served by Qinhuangdao Beidaihe Airport.


The Qinhuangdao Wildlife Park was opened in 1995 and is China's second largest wildlife park.

Qinhuangdao features a long stretch of beach line, surrounded by mountains. On which marks the beginning of the Great Wall, and its first gate: Shanhai Guan, which translates into Mountain-Sea Gate.

Red Ribbon

Qinhuangdao is home to the Tanghe River Park, which features the Red Ribbon, a knee-high steel sculpture that runs the length of the park, providing seating, environmental interpretation, lighting, and the display of native plants. The project has won an honor award from the American Society of Landscape Architects and was selected by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine as one of the seven new wonders of the architecture world. [9]


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Shandong Province of China

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Yantai Prefecture-level city in Shandong, Peoples Republic of China

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Beidaihe District District in Hebei, Peoples Republic of China

Beidaihe District is a popular beach resort and a district of the city of Qinhuangdao, Hebei province on China's Bohai Sea coast. It has an area of 70.14 km2 (27.08 sq mi) and, as of 2008, a population of 66,000, as well as a coastline of 22.5 km (14.0 mi). It is also known as a birding haven.

Tangshan Prefecture-level city in Hebei, Peoples Republic of China

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Langfang Prefecture-level city in Hebei, Peoples Republic of China

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Datong–Qinhuangdao railway

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Haigang District District in Hebei, Peoples Republic of China

Haigang is a district of the coastal city of Qinhuangdao, Hebei province, People's Republic of China. The seat of the municipal government, as of 2004, it had a population of 550,000 residing in an area of 121 km2 (47 sq mi).

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Ma Chaoqun was a former municipal water works executive from the city of Qinhuangdao, in northeastern China. He underwent investigation for corruption beginning in 2014. He gained nationwide notoriety after investigators found over 120 million yuan worth of cash in his home.

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