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Golmud

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Golmud, sometimes transliterated as Ge'ermu or Geermu, is a county-level city in Qinghai Province, People's Republic of China, bordering Xinjiang to the northwest and the Tibet Autonomous Region to the southwest. Administrated by Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, it is the third largest city in Qinghai and the third largest in the Tibetan Plateau (after Xining and Lhasa). The population is now about 205,700. The name of the city derives from Mongolian, and its literal meaning in the local Western Mongolian is "Rivers".GeographyGolmud covers a total area of. This includes an urban area of 72km². Golmud is located in the central-south part of the Qaidam Basin with an elevation of. Around the city there are more than 20 salt lakes of various sizes.A large part of the county-level city of Golmud forms an exclave, separated from the rest of the county by the western "panhandle" of the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Administratively, the exclave forms the so-called Tanggula Town.DemographicsIn 1999, the population of the total area of Golmud was approximately 200,000. The town had a population of 130,000, with ethnic Han Chinese comprising 90.2%.
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