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Lingwu Shizuishan Wuzhong
Regional chairman: Ma Qizhi
Capital: Yinchuan City
Government office address: 217 West Jiefang Street, Yinchuan
The Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, which is called Ning for short, is located in northwest China, on the upper reaches of the Yellow River. One of China's five autonomous regions inhabited by the minority groups, it borders Shaanxi Province in the east, the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the north, and Gansu Province in the south.
In 2003, new long-distance fiber-optic cables of 946 kilometers were laid down. The registered Internet subscribers numbered 220,000, up 26.4 percent. At the end of 2003, there were 1.003 million telephone subscribers, including 735,000 urban subscribers and 268,000 rural subscribers. Mobile phone users numbered 1.235 million.
Radio and television
By the end of 2003, there were five radio stations with 23 programs, eight medium and short wave radio transmitting and relaying stations, reaching 91.2 percent of the local Population. There were five television stations, producing 54 programs, and 108 television transmitting and relaying stations, covering 89 percent of the regional Population, up by 1.3 percentage points over that of the previous year.