Qingdao is a tier 1 city located within Shandong Province in East China.
In China's administrative hierarchy, Qingdao is classified as a "Sub-provincial City", meaning it enjoys a greater degree of autonomy than other prefecture-level cities governed under Shandong province control.
The official name of Qingdao in simplified Chinese characters and pinyin is:
In Chinese it is common to add the character for "City" (市) to the name. In such case Qingdao would be written:
Since the establishment of the Shandong Free Trade Zone in 2019, the following sections within Qingdao have been designated as free trade zones:
The following high tech zones are located in Qingdao:
Qingdao Open Coastal City (青岛沿海开放城市):
Qingdao is served by the following airports:
The city of Qingdao's metro system commenced operation on 16 December 2015.
The following Chinese companies are headquartered in Qingdao:
N.B. English names provided are based on automated translations and may not be consistent with those used by the companies
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