Ranking second lowest in population, GDP, and property prices and expressway lengths, Qinghai province in largely undeveloped outside of its capital. Nevertheless, the province is rich in natural resources, with an economy based on minerals, hydropower, and agro-husbandry. The province also plays in important ecological role as the source of major rivers, including the Yangtze River. Oil and natural gas from the Chaidamu Basin have also been an important contributor to the economy. However, only with significant infrastructure with the province will able to fully capitalize on its natural resource. Looking forward, Qinghai plans to focus on solar, wind, and low-carbon energy projects.
Qinghai's GDP grew 12.3% to RMB188.45 billion in 2012.
Xining Economic & Technological Development Zone