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Weihai is surrounded by sea on three sides and the harbor is protected by Liugong Island (刘公岛; pinyin liu gong dao).
The port was once the base for the Beiyang Fleet of China during the Qing Dynasty. The city was part of a territory (c.285 sq mi/740 kmē) called "Weihaiwei", which was leased by the United Kingdom from 1898 to 1930. It was a summer station for the British Far East Fleet. It was briefly a special administrative region after it was returned to the Republic of China, the successor to the Qing Dynasty.
It is now a commercial port and major fishing center with some light industries.
A campus of Shandong University is located there.
Weihai is twinned with Cheltenham, UK.
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