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, city (1994 est. pop. 569,800), capital of Qinghai prov., W China, on the Xining River. For centuries it has been the major commercial hub on the caravan route to Tibet, trading in wool, hides, salt, and timber.
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Xining, Hsining, Sining
a city in W China, capital of Qinghai province, at an altitude of 2300 m (7500 ft.). Pop.: 689 000 (2005 est.)