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Chinghai,China: see QinghaiQinghai
, province (2010 pop. 5,626,722), c.279,000 sq mi (722,797 sq km), W China. Xining is the capital. Qinghai lies in the Tibetan highlands at an average elevation of 9,800 ft (3,000 m) and is mainly a high, desolate plateau.
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Qinghai, Tsinghai, Chinghai
1. a province of NW China: consists largely of mountains and high plateaus. Capital: Xining. Pop.: 5 340 000 (2003 est.). Area: 721 000 sq. km (278 400 sq. miles)
2. the Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese name for Koko Nor
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