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Governor: Song Xiuyan
Government office telephone: 0971￡-8483618
Qinghai Province, abbreviated as "Qing" in Chinese, got its name from its Qinghai Lake, the largest inland saltwater lake in the country. The province lies on the northeastern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in west China, bordering Gansu and Sichuan provinces, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Tibet Autonomous Region. As the origin of the Yangtze, Yellow, and Lancang rivers, Qinghai has an area of 720,000 square kilometers, the fourth largest in China. Its territory includes 31.6 million hectares of grassland, 589,900 hectares of cultivated land and 250,000 hectares of forests. The remaining are mountains, lakes, deserts, gobi and glaciers.
Post and telecommunications are comparatively advanced. Computer-controlled telephone lines link Xining, and most prefectures and counties in the province to other parts of the country and to more than 160 foreign countries. Wireless telecom services have also developed rapidly. The transmission system has utilized cables, microwaves, and satellites. Among the city dwellers, there are 25.5 Telephones for every 100 persons. Mobile phone users have reached 210,700. There are now 6,498 Internet users and the figure is increasingly rapidly.