Population: 9,290,500 (2017)
Area: 11,282 square kilometers
Location: southeast part of Shandong province on the east coast of China
Qingdao, a coastal city in East China's Shandong province, is a regional hub for transportation, trade and finance with a diversified industrial base that includes manufacturing of household appliances, consumer electronics, marine equipment, apparel and textiles and automobiles and locomotives as well as petrochemicals and offshore engineering.
The city government is also seeking to build Qingdao into a heavyweight in wealth management, exhibitions, and high-tech industries and marine-related industries.
Thanks to advanced industrial expansion driven by internet technologies and infrastructure spending, the city's annual GDP broke 1 trillion yuan ($144.9 billion) in 2016 for the fisrt time. Qingdao is the 12th city to achieve this nationwide and the third in northern China after Beijing and Tianjin, joining the ranks of the "trillion-yuan club".
In 2017 the city's GDP recorded 1.104 trillion yuan, a year-on-year growth of 7.5 percent.
One of China's most important port cities, Qingdao is a major trade hub along the new Eurasian Continental Bridge economic corridor and is set to become a first-rank component in the Belt and Road Initiative.
Qingdao city governs three county-level cities - Jiaozhou, Pingdu and Laixi -- and seven districts -- Shinan, Shibei, Licang, Laoshan, Huangdao, Chengyang and Jimo.