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This article is about the prefecture-level city of Guangdong. For other uses, see Qingyuan (disambiguation).
Prefecture-level city
Qingcheng District
Location of Qingyuan in Guangdong
Location of Qingyuan in Guangdong
Qingyuan is located in China
Location in China
Coordinates: 23°49′N 113°02′E / 23.817°N 113.033°E / 23.817; 113.033
Country People's Republic of China
Province Guangdong
County-level divisions 9
Township-level divisions 53
City seat Qingcheng District
 • Prefecture-level city 19,152.9 km2 (7,395.0 sq mi)
 • Urban 3,652.3 km2 (1,410.2 sq mi)
 • Metro 3,652.3 km2 (1,410.2 sq mi)
Elevation 14 m (45 ft)
Population (2010 Census[1])
 • Prefecture-level city 3,698,412
 • Density 190/km2 (500/sq mi)
 • Urban 1,510,044
 • Urban density 410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
 • Metro 1,510,044
 • Metro density 410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Area code(s) (+86) 0763
Licence Plate 粤R
Major Nationalities Han, Zhuang and Yao.
Website http://www.gdqy.gov.cn/
QY name.svg
"Qingyuan", as written in Chinese
Simplified Chinese 清远
Traditional Chinese 清遠
Cantonese Jyutping Cing1 jun5
Cantonese Yale Chīngyúhn
Hanyu Pinyin Qīngyuǎn
Postal Tsingyun
Literal meaning clear/pure/clean/peaceful & remote

Qīngyuǎn (Chinese: 清远), is a prefecture-level city in northwestern Guangdong province, People's Republic of China. Its population was 3,698,412 at the 2010 census whom 1,510,044 lived in the built-up (or metro) area made of Qingcheng and Qingxin urban Districts largely being urbanized. The primary language spoken is Cantonese. With an area of 19,015 km2 (7,342 sq mi), Qingyuan is the largest prefecture-level city by land area in the province. It is located on the Bei River, is surrounded by mountainous areas, is directly served by China National Highway 107, which connects the city with Guangzhou.


Qingyuan's administrative area ranges in latitude from 23° 31' to 25° 12' N, and in longitude from 111° 55' to 113° 55′ E, located just north of the Tropic of Cancer and about 200 km (120 mi) from the South China Sea coast. More than half of the area is mountainous, and elevations increase from southeast to northwest.

Qingyuan has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate, with an average annual temperature of 20.7 °C (69.3 °F), 1,900 mm (75 in) of rainfall, 1662.2 hours of sunshine, and a frost-free period of 314.4 days.[2]


Qingyuan, a prefecture-level city, is a major economic and transportation hub. The Beijing–Guangzhou Railway, China National Highway 106 and 107, and the Bei River cross through the city. The maritime infrastructure in Qingyuan plays a vital role in transporting goods to other Guangdong regional centres and to places as far as Hong Kong and Macau. The major ports are Qingyuan Port, Yingde Port, Lianzhou Port, and Yangshan Port.


According to the 2010 Census, Qingyuan has a population of 3,698,394 inhabitants,[3] 550,715 more than in 2000 (an annual growth rate of 1.63%). Han Chinese comprise over 95% of the entire population. Scattered minority Zhuang and Yao are present.


Qingyuan is famous for its tourist attractions. These include Niuyuzui, Feilai Temple, Feixia Scenic Spots, Baojing Palace of Yingde, Taihe Ancient Cave of Qingxin, Sankeng Hot Spring in Qingxin County, Huanghua Lake in Fogang, Little Biejiang of Lianyang, Peak Shikengkong in Yangshan County, Underground River of Lianzhou, Huangteng Gorge, Three Gorges of Huangchuan, Yinzhan Hot Spring Area, and the indigenous customs of minorities in Liannan and Lianshan.


The location of the municipal government is in Qingcheng District. It has jurisdiction over one other district, over two county-level cities, four counties, and one economic development district.

Name Simplified Chinese Hanyu Pinyin Population
(2010 census)
Qingcheng District 清城区 Qīngchéng Qū 811,233 927.22 875
Qingxin District 清新区 Qīngxīn Qū 698,811 2,725.07 256
Fogang County 佛冈县 Fógāng Xiàn 302,906 1,292.92 234
Yangshan County 阳山县 Yángshān Xiàn 356,095 3,418.37 10'
Lianshan Zhuang and
Yao Autonomous County
Liánshān Zhuàngzú
Yáozú Zìzhìxiàn
90,515 1,164.84 78
Liannan Yao
Autonomous County
Liánnán Yáozú
129,258 1,239.38 100
Yingde 英德市 Yīngdé Shì 941,952 5,671.02 166
Lianzhou 连州市 Liánzhōu Shì 367,642 2,664.09 138


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