🇨🇳 Qingdao is a major city in eastern Shandong Province. Located on China's Yellow Sea coast, it is a major nodal city of the One Belt, One Road Initiative that connects Asia with Europe. It has the highest GDP of any city in the province. Administered at the sub-provincial level, Qingdao has jurisdiction over six districts and four county-level cities. It is situated across the Shandong Peninsula and looking out to the Yellow Sea.
Qingdao is rated Gamma + by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Gamma level cities are cities that link smaller economic regions into the world economy.
Qingdao is the #38 city in the world according to the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) which evaluates and ranks the competitiveness of the major financial centres of the world according to a wide range of criteria – Human Capital, Business, Finance, Infrastructure and Reputation.
Qingdao is ranked #76 and rated C by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. C cities are international gateway cities. Qingdao was ranked #921 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Qingdao has a population of over 2,755,500 people. Qingdao also forms the centre of the wider Qingdao metropolitan area which has a population of over 9,046,000 people.