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As Qiongzhou, formerly romanized as Kiungchow,[a] the district was formerly a separate city which served as the center of Chinese administration on Hainan Island when it formed a part of Guangdong Province.
Dongzhai Port Nature Reserve is located in the district and has an area of 2,500 hectares (6,200 acres). It includes six rivers, an irregular coastline, and a number of bays and tidewater gullies. The mangrove forest on the south coast provides a habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Qiongzhou University is located in this district.
- Other romanizations of Qiongzhou include Keung-chow Foo.
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