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Weihai () is a city in eastern Shandong Province, People's Republic of China. It is the easternmost prefecture-level city of the province and a major seaport. Between 1898 and 1930, the town was a British colony known as Weihaiwei or the Weihai Garrison (), and sometimes as Port Edward. Weihai was not developed in the way that Hong Kong, the other British colony in China, was developed, because Weihai was inside Germany's sphere of influence and had only been obtained as a counterbalance to the Russian presence at Port Arthur. It was largely used as a naval station and a sanatorium. Weihai borders Yantai to the west and the Yellow Sea to the east.

Administrative divisions

The prefecture-level city of Weihai administers four county-level divisions, including one district and three county-level cities.

These are further divided into 66 township-level divisions, including 52 towns and 14 subdistricts.


The port was once the base for the Beiyang Fleet of China during the Qing Dynasty. During 1895, the Japanese captured it from the landward side. It was evacuated during 1898.

After Russia leased Port Arthur (on the opposite coast) from China for 25 years during March, 1898, the United Kingdom obtained a lease for Wei Hai Wei which was to exist for as long as the Russians leased Port Arthur. During 1905, when the Japanese assumed ownership of the lease for Port...
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