Laoshan District Government
|Coordinates (Laoshan City Hall): Coordinates:|
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Mayor||Yang Pengming (杨鹏鸣)|
|• Total||858.2 km2 (331.4 sq mi)|
|Time zone||China standard time (UTC+8)|
Laoshan District (simplified Chinese: 崂山区; traditional Chinese: 嶗山區; pinyin: Láoshān Qū) is a district (区) of Qingdao, Shandong. It has an area of 858 square kilometres (212,000 acres; 331 sq mi) and had approximately 379,500 inhabitants as of 2010. It is home to Mount Lao, which gave the district its name.
Laoshan District is located in the south of the Shandong Peninsula, facing the Yellow Sea in the east and south. It covers 858 km2 (331 sq mi) with 103.7 km2 (40.0 sq mi) of coastline. The mountain ranges of Laoshan cover most of the eastern part of the district.
The district belongs to north temperature zone, with a monsoon-influenced temperate climate. There is neither intense heat in summer nor severe cold in winter. Most of the district is highland with the average altitude of 55m and surface water of 3m. There is abundant high quality ground water. In fact, Laoshan mineral water is renowned and sold China-wide. Natural resources are abundant, with granite being the prevalent mineral in the area.
Laoshan District is home to several Hi-tech industries, tourism and a large service-based industry. In terms of Hi-Tech, the focus is laid on IT, Software, Marine Biological Pharmacy and new materials. Emphasis has been put on sustainable development and green technology, taking advantage of the still-intact mountain forests and the seaside. The Qingdao International Convention And Exhibition Center (QICC) with an area of 250,000 m2 is currently remains the largest venue for exhibition and convention purposes in Shandong province. It was put into use in April, 2001 and ever since has marked a rapid development phase of Qingdao exhibition and convention economy.
Tourism is also essential to the district, with a wide variety of recreational, ecological, seaside sight-seeing tourism facilities including the Polar Ocean World and Shilaoren Sightseeing Garden. The district is home to several well-known festivals, including the Qingdao International Beer Festival, Laoshan Tea Festival and Laoshan Tourism Culture Festival, all of which attract visitor from China as well as abroad. The main tourist attraction within the district is Mount Lao itself, which is a 5A tourist destination. with about 176,000 tourists visiting during the 2012 Golden Week. Other tourist destinations include the Qingdao Museum （青岛市博物馆）, Haier Museum (海尔博物馆), Qingdao Grand Theatre (青岛大剧院) and the Beach at Old Stone Man (石老人海水浴场).
Laoshan District is home to over 65 schools and institutions of higher education. It is host to three major universities, most notably the main campus of both the Ocean University of China and the Qingdao University of Science and Technology, as well as a branch campus of Qingdao University. Notable middle and international schools include Qingdao No.2 Middle School, Qingdao Amerasia International School, Overseas Chinese School, Qingdao International School and Qingdao Senior Vocational School.
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