Qingdao of Shandong province serves as the core part and takes the lead in implementing the country’s regional development strategy in the Shandong Peninsula’s Blue Economic Zone. The city has 12,000 square meters of sea area, with the coastline reaching 863 kilometers.
Qingdao is home to more than 40 percent of oceanic science and technology institutions above the provincial level. Senior-level oceanic researchers take up about 30 percent of those nationwide, and the oceanic academician about 42 percent. There are 28 oceanic scientific research and education institutions and 20 ministry-level key laboratories in the city. They undertake 50 percent of the national oceanic scientific and technological key programs.