Qin Yuhai

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Qin Yuhai
Vice Chairman of the Henan Provincial People's Congress
In office
January 2013 – September 2014
Vice-Governor of He'nan
In office
January 2004 – January 2013
CPC Party Chief of Jiaozuo
In office
February 2001 – January 2004
Personal details
BornMarch 1953 (age 66)
Tailai County, Heilongjiang
Political partyCommunist Party of China (expelled)
ResidenceZhengzhou, He'nan
OccupationPolitician, photographer

Qin Yuhai (Chinese: 秦玉海; pinyin: Qín Yùhaĭ; born March 1953) is a Chinese politician and photographer. Born in Heilongjiang, Qin rose to high office in the province of Henan, where he successively served as the Mayor and Communist Party Secretary of the city of Jiaozuo, the Vice-Governor of Henan, the provincial director of Public Security, First Political Commissar of the Henan Division of the People's Armed Police, and the Vice-Chairman of the Henan Provincial People's Congress. Qin was investigated for corruption-related offenses and expelled from the Communist Party of China in early 2015. He faces criminal charges related to taking bribes related to his photography hobby during his time in office.


Qin was born and raised in Tailai County, Heilongjiang in March 1953. He began work in February 1971 and joined the Communist Party of China in March 1976.

From February 1997 to December 1998, he served as the Deputy CPC Party Chief and Mayor of Hegang, in Heilongjiang P. Then he was transferred to Jiaozuo and appointed the Deputy CPC Party Chief and Mayor, he was re-elected in January 1999. In February 2001 he was promoted to become the CPC Party Chief, a position he held until January 2004.

He became the Vice-Governor of He'nan in January 2004, and concurrently the head of the Department of Public Security, effectively the top police chief of the province. He served in the post until January 2013.

In January 2013, he was appointed as Vice Chairman of He'nan Provincial People's Congress. He also held the post of party branch secretary of the provincial People's Congress.

On September 21, 2014, state media reported that Qin would undergo investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China for "serious disciplinary violations".[1]

On February 13, 2015, at the conclusion of the internal party investigation, Qin was expelled from the Communist Party and detained by prosecution authorities. The party investigation concluded that Qin had taken massive bribes, cash gifts, and wasted public resources. It also said he sought illicit benefits for his associates and gave favorable treatment to certain businesses, and "committed adultery".[2] Qin was sentenced for 13 years and 6 months in prison on November 28, 2016.[3]


Qin Yuhai was the honorary chairman of the Photographers' Association of Henan Province, his albums included Mountains and Rivers of Jiaozuo, Mount Yuntai Landscapes, Mount Phoenix in October, Glimpses of Wuda Lianchi Volcanic Field, The Dreamland, Wu Xiang – Water, and the Real and China – Mount Phoenix.[4][5][6]

At the time of the investigation into Qin in September 2014, Qin's photographic work Mount Yuntai Landscapes can be seen at various station platforms in the Beijing Subway, including Jianguomen, Dawanglu, and Sihui East stations.[7] In response to Qin's corruption investigation, Beijing Subway agreed to remove his works from the platforms.[7]

The South China Morning Post reported that Qin used his power to give a company massive government contracts to promote a local mountain and tourist destination on billboards in the Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai subways, worth tens of millions of dollars. It was said that Qin had received bribes from the company in the form of cameras and assistance in promoting his work in China and abroad. In addition, Qin was said to have been so engrossed in his photography hobby that he spent almost all of his free time taking pictures of the Yuntai Mountain while holding the office of the Mayor of Jiaozuo, and neglected some of his official duties.[8]


Year Award Result Notes
2004 Sixth China Photography Awards - gold prize Won [4]
2006 Prize for Outstanding Contribution at the China Photographers' Association Jubilee Won [4]
2007 Seventh China Photography Awards - gold prize Won [4]

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  1. ^ 河南省人大常委会党组书记、副主任秦玉海接受组织调查. CCDI (in Chinese). 2014.
  2. ^ 武长顺秦玉海均收受巨额贿赂 与他人通奸
  3. ^ "河南省人大常委会原副主任秦玉海一审被判十三年六个月". CCDI. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Qin Yuhai — Bio". Power of the Image.
  5. ^ 秦玉海落马或涉人事问题 传曾退数百万摄影器材. Tencent (in Chinese). 2014.
  6. ^ 资料:秦玉海曾办多次摄影展 获中国摄影金像奖. 163.COM (in Chinese). 2014.
  7. ^ a b "北京地铁回应挂秦玉海摄影作品:将撤下(图)". IFeng. September 21, 2014.
  8. ^ Gan, Nectar (March 24, 2015). "Love of photography proves Chinese official's undoing". South China Morning Post.
Government offices
Zhang Chengfeng (张程锋)
Minister of Public Security of Henan Province
January 2004 – January 2013
Wang Xiaohong (王小洪)
Liu Qiwen (刘其文)
Mayor of Jiaozuo
December 1998 – January 2001
Mao Chaofeng
Feng Yuehua (冯悦华)
Mayor of Hegang Next:
Zhang Xingfu (张兴福)
Party political offices
Liu Qiwen (刘其文)
CPC Party Chief of Jiaozuo
January 2001 – January 2004
Tie Daisheng (铁代生)
Civic offices
Song Enhua (宋恩华)
Secretary of Heilongjiang Provincial Party Committee of the Communist Youth League Next:
Gao Zhijie (高志杰)