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Qionghai

Updated: 2022-02-18

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Aerial view of Wanquan River. [Photo/qionghai.hainan.gov.cn]

Lying in the eastern part of Hainan province at the lower reach of Wanquan River, Qionghai is the seat of the Boao Forum for Asia. Young and charming, the city has an area of 1,710 square kilometers and a population of 515,700. About 550,000 natives of Qionghai live overseas, residing in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and 28 other countries or regions around the globe. 

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The seaside view of Boao town in Qinghai. [Photo/qionghai.hainan.gov.cn]

The government of Qionghai has made greater efforts to accelerate the urbanization of the city in recent years to solve issues related to agriculture, farmers and rural areas, support regional economic development, and provide opportunities to grow domestic demand and promote industrial upgrading. Integrating tourism and agriculture, the city has developed agri-tourism as an effective way to create additional income for local farmers. Under this mode, tourists can experience a nostalgic, rural life, while farmers can enjoy a higher quality urban life. 

Famous scenic spots in Qionghai include the Baishi Mountain Scenic Area, Boao Longtanyang Agriculture Park, Boao Temple, the site of the Boao Forum for Asia, the Red Detachment of Women Memorial, and Tanmen Old Ferry.

In 2021, Qionghai's GDP reached 33.79 billion yuan ($5.34 billion), ranking sixth among Hainan province, up 9.6 percent year-on-year.