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Shanxi
Shanxi
(Chinese: 山西; pinyin:  Shānxī; postal: Shansi) is a province of China, located in the North China
China
region. Its one-character abbreviation is "晋" (pinyin: Jìn), after the state of Jin that existed here during the Spring and Autumn period. The name Shanxi
Shanxi
means "West of the Mountains", a reference to the province's location west of the Taihang Mountains.[5] Shanxi
Shanxi
borders Hebei
Hebei
to the east, Henan
Henan
to the south, Shaanxi
Shaanxi
to the west, and Inner Mongolia to the north and is made up mainly of a plateau bounded partly by mountain ranges. The capital of the province is Taiyuan.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Pre-Imperial China 1.2 Imperial China 1.3 Modern China

2 Geography 3 Administrative divisions 4 Politics 5 Economy

5.1 Industrial zones

5.1.1 Taiyuan
Taiyuan
Economic and Technology Development Zone 5.1.2 Taiyuan
Taiyuan
Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone

6 Transportation

6.1 Road 6.2 Rail 6.3 Aviation

7 Demographics

7.1 Religion

8 Health 9 Culture

9.1 Language 9.2 Cuisine 9.3 Music 9.4 Ancient commerce

10 Tourism 11 Education 12 See also 13 Notes 14 References 15 External links

History[edit] Pre-Imperial China[edit]

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In the Spring and Autumn period
Spring and Autumn period
(722–403 BC), the state of Jin was located in what is now Shanxi
Shanxi
Province. It underwent a three-way split into the states of Han, Zhao and Wei in 403 BC, the traditional date taken as the start of the Warring States period
Warring States period
(403–221 BC). By 221 BC, all of these states had fallen to the state of Qin, which established the Qin Dynasty
Qin Dynasty
(221–206 BC). Imperial China[edit] The Han Dynasty
Han Dynasty
(206 BC – AD 220) ruled Shanxi
Shanxi
as the province of Bingzhou (并州 Bīng Zhōu). During the invasion of northern nomads in the Sixteen Kingdoms
Sixteen Kingdoms
period (304–439), several regimes including the Later Zhao, Former Yan, Former Qin, and Later Yan
Later Yan
continuously controlled Shanxi. They were followed by Northern Wei (386–534), a Xianbei
Xianbei
kingdom, which had one of its earlier capitals at present-day Datong
Datong
in northern Shanxi, and which went on to rule nearly all of northern China. The Tang Dynasty
Tang Dynasty
(618–907) originated in Taiyuan. During the Tang Dynasty and after, present day Shanxi
Shanxi
was called Hédōng (河东), or "east of the (Yellow) river". Empress Wu Zetian, China's only female ruler, was born in Shanxi
Shanxi
in 624. During the first part of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period (907–960), Shanxi
Shanxi
supplied rulers of three of the Five Dynasties, as well as being the only one of the Ten Kingdoms located in northern China. Shanxi
Shanxi
was initially home to the jiedushi (commander) of Hedong, Li Cunxu, who overthrew the first of the Five Dynasties, Later Liang (907–923) to establish the second, Later Tang
Later Tang
(923–936). Another jiedushi of Hedong, Shi Jingtang, overthrew Later Tang
Later Tang
to establish the third of the Five Dynasties, Later Jin, and yet another jiedushi of Hedong, Liu Zhiyuan, established the fourth of the Five Dynasties (Later Han) after the Khitans
Khitans
destroyed Later Jin, the third. Finally, when the fifth of the Five Dynasties (Later Zhou) emerged, the jiedushi of Hedong at the time, Liu Chong, rebelled and established an independent state called Northern Han, one of the Ten Kingdoms, in what is now northern and central Shanxi. Shi Jingtang, founder of the Later Jin, the third of the Five Dynasties, ceded a piece of northern China
China
to the Khitans
Khitans
in return for military assistance. This territory, called The Sixteen Prefectures of Yanyun, included a part of northern Shanxi. The ceded territory became a major problem for China's defense against the Khitans
Khitans
for the next 100 years, because it lay south of the Great Wall. The later Zhou, the last dynasty of the Five Dynasties period was founded by Guo Wei, a Han Chinese, who served as the Assistant Military Commissioner at the court of the Later Han which was ruled by Shatuo Turks. He founded his dynasty by launching a military coup against the Turkic Later Han Emperor, however his newly established dynasty was short lived and was conquered by the Song Dynasty
Song Dynasty
in 960.

Pagoda of Fogong Temple
Pagoda of Fogong Temple
built in 1056

In the early years of the Northern Song Dynasty
Song Dynasty
(960–1127), the sixteen ceded prefectures continued to be an area of contention between Song China
China
and the Liao Dynasty. Later the Southern Song Dynasty abandoned all of North China, including Shanxi, to the Jurchen Jin dynasty (1115–1234)
Jin dynasty (1115–1234)
in 1127 after the Jingkang Incident
Jingkang Incident
of the Jin-Song wars. The Mongol
Mongol
Yuan Dynasty
Yuan Dynasty
divided China
China
into provinces but did not establish Shanxi
Shanxi
as a province. Shanxi
Shanxi
only gained its present name and approximate borders during the Ming Dynasty
Ming Dynasty
(1368–1644) which were of the same landarea and borders as the previous Hedong Commandery that existed during the Tang Dynasty. During the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), Shanxi
Shanxi
extended north beyond the Great Wall
Great Wall
to include parts of Inner Mongolia, including what is now the city of Hohhot, and overlapped with the jurisdiction of the Eight Banners
Eight Banners
and the Guihua Tümed banner in that area. Modern China[edit]

Yan Xishan, warlord of Shanxi
Shanxi
during the Republic of China.

With the collapse of the Qing dynasty, Shanxi
Shanxi
became part of the newly established Republic of China. During most of the Republic of China's period of rule over mainland China
China
(1912–1949), the warlord Yan Xishan controlled Shanxi. Yan Xishan
Yan Xishan
devoted himself to modernizing Shanxi
Shanxi
and developing its resources during his reign over the province. During the Second Sino-Japanese War, Japan occupied much of the province after winning the Battle of Taiyuan. Shanxi
Shanxi
was also a major battlefield between the Japanese and the Chinese communist guerrillas of the Eighth Route Army
Eighth Route Army
during the war. The soldiers of Shanxi
Shanxi
province under Yan Xishan
Yan Xishan
viciously fought against the invading Japanese, which impressed the Japanese to say that nowhere in China did people fight so heroically and bravely. Right after the defeat of Japan, much of the Shanxi
Shanxi
countryside became important bases for the communist People's Liberation Army
People's Liberation Army
in the ensuing Chinese Civil War. Yan had incorporated thousands of former Japanese soldiers into his own forces to fight against the communists, and these soldiers became part of his failed defense of Taiyuan against the People's Liberation Army
People's Liberation Army
in early 1949. Shanxi
Shanxi
was eventually conquered by the communists, resulting in the warlord Yan Xishan's retreat to Taiwan
Taiwan
Island. In September, Shanxi
Shanxi
Provincial People's Government was established. For centuries, Shanxi
Shanxi
served as a center for trade and banking; the " Shanxi
Shanxi
merchants" (晋商 jìnshāng) were once synonymous with wealth. The well-preserved city and UNESCO World Heritage site
World Heritage site
Pingyao shows many signs of its economic importance during the Qing dynasty. During modern times, coal mining is important to Shanxi's economy, however critics have complained of deplorable mine conditions. Since 2004 the province have been plagued with labour safety issues, including a slave labour scandal involving children, causing significant civil unrest and national embarrassment, leading to reforms by the communist government. Geography[edit]

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Shanxi
Shanxi
is located on a plateau made up of higher ground to the east (Taihang Mountains) and the west ( Lüliang
Lüliang
Mountains) and a series of valleys in the center through which the Fen River
Fen River
runs. The highest peak is Mount Wutai
Mount Wutai
(Wutai Shan) in northeastern Shanxi
Shanxi
with an altitude of 3,058 m. The Great Wall
Great Wall
of China
China
forms most of the northern border with Inner Mongolia. The Zhongtiao Mountains run along part of the southern border and separate Shanxi
Shanxi
from the east-west part of the Yellow River. Mount Hua
Mount Hua
is to the southwest. The Yellow River
Yellow River
forms the western border of Shanxi
Shanxi
with Shaanxi. The Fen and Qin rivers, tributaries of the Yellow River, run north-to-south through the province, and drain much of its area. The north of the province is drained by tributaries of the Hai River, such as Sanggan and Hutuo rivers. The largest natural lake in Shanxi
Shanxi
is Xiechi Lake, a salt lake near Yuncheng
Yuncheng
in southwestern Shanxi. Shanxi
Shanxi
has a continental monsoon climate, and is rather arid. Average January temperatures are below 0 °C, while average July temperatures are around 21–26 °C. Winters are long, dry, and cold, while summer is warm and humid. Spring is extremely dry and prone to dust storms. Shanxi
Shanxi
is one of the sunniest parts of China; early summer heat waves are common. Annual precipitation averages around 350 to 700 millimetres (14 to 28 in), with 60% of it concentrated between June and August. Major cities:

Taiyuan Datong Changzhi Yangquan

Administrative divisions[edit] Main articles: List of administrative divisions of Shanxi and List of township-level divisions of Shanxi Shanxi
Shanxi
is divided into eleven prefecture-level divisions: all prefecture-level cities:

Administrative divisions of Shanxi

№ Division code[6] English name Chinese Pinyin Area in km2[7] Population 2010[8] Seat Divisions[9]

Districts Counties CL cities

  140000 Shanxi 山西省 Shǎnxī Shěng 156,000.00 35,712,111 Taiyuan 23 84 11

1 140100 Taiyuan 太原市 Tàiyuán Shì 6,909.96 4,201,591 Xinghualing District 6 3 1

3 140200 Datong 大同市 Dàtóng Shì 14,102.01 3,318,057 Pingcheng District 4 6

10 140300 Yangquan 阳泉市 Yángquán Shì 4,569.91 1,368,502 Cheng District 3 2

2 140400 Changzhi 长治市 Chángzhì Shì 13,957.84 3,334,564 Cheng District 2 10 1

4 140500 Jincheng 晋城市 Jìnchéng Shì 9,420.43 2,279,151 Cheng District 1 4 1

8 140600 Shuozhou 朔州市 Shuòzhōu Shì 10,624.35 1,714,857 Shuocheng District 2 4

5 140700 Jinzhong 晋中市 Jìnzhōng Shì 16,386.34 3,249,425 Yuci District 1 9 1

11 140800 Yuncheng 运城市 Yùnchéng Shì 14,106.66 5,134,794 Yanhu District 1 10 2

9 140900 Xinzhou 忻州市 Xīnzhōu Shì 25,150.69 3,067,501 Xinfu District 1 12 1

6 141000 Linfen 临汾市 Línfén Shì 20,589.11 4,316,612 Yaodu District 1 14 2

7 141100 Lüliang 吕梁市 Lǚlíang Shì 21,143.71 3,727,057 Lishi District 1 10 2

The 11 prefecture-level divisions of Shanxi
Shanxi
are subdivided into 118 county-level divisions (23 districts, 11 county-level cities, and 84 counties). Those are in turn divided into 1388 township-level divisions (561 towns, 634 townships, and 193 subdistricts). Politics[edit] Main articles: Politics of Shanxi and List of provincial leaders of the People's Republic of China The Governor of Shanxi (山西省人民政府省长) is the highest-ranking official in the People's Government of Shanxi. However, in the province's dual party-government governing system, the Governor is subordinate to the provincial Communist Party Secretary (中共山西省委书记), colloquially termed the " Shanxi
Shanxi
Party Committee Secretary". As is the case in almost all Chinese provinces, the provincial party secretary and Governor are not natives of Shanxi; rather, they are outsiders who are, in practice, appointed by the central party and government authorities. The province went through significant political instability since 2004, due largely to the number of scandals that have hit the province on labour safety, the environment, and the interconnected nature between the provincial political establishment and big coal companies. Yu Youjun was sent by the central government in 2005 to become Governor but resigned in the wake of the Shanxi
Shanxi
slave labour scandal in 2007. He was succeeded by Meng Xuenong, who had been previously sacked as Mayor of Beijing
Beijing
in the aftermath of the SARS outbreak. Meng himself was removed from office in 2008 after only a few months on the job due to the political fallout from the 2008 Shanxi
Shanxi
mudslide. In 2008, provincial Political Consultative Conference Chair, one of the highest-ranked provincial officials, Jin Yinhuan, died in a car accident. Since Xi Jinping's ascendancy to General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
China
at the 18th Party Congress, numerous highly ranked officials in Shanxi
Shanxi
have been placed under investigation for corruption-related offenses, including four incumbent members of the province's highest ruling council, the provincial Communist Party Standing Committee. These were Chen Chuanping, Nie Chunyu, Du Shanxue, and Bai Yun. They were all removed from office around August 2014. Ling Zhengce, the provincial Political Consultative Conference vice-chair and the older brother of Ling Jihua, the province's Vice Governor Ren Runhou, former Taiyuan
Taiyuan
party secretary Shen Weichen, Taiyuan
Taiyuan
police secretary Liu Suiji, vice-chair of the provincial People's Congress Jin Daoming, Yuncheng
Yuncheng
party secretary Wang Maoshe, and Datong
Datong
party secretary Feng Lixiang, also fell from grace. Shanxi was therefore the 'hardest hit' province during the anti-corruption campaign under Xi Jinping. Targeted corruption investigations on such a massive scale was unprecedented; it amounted to a wholesale 'cleansing' of Shanxi's political establishment. In the aftermath of the 'political earthquake', party secretary Yuan Chunqing was removed from his post in September 2014, with Wang Rulin 'helicoptered' into the provincial Party Secretary office. Economy[edit] The GDP per capita of Shanxi
Shanxi
is below the national average. Compared to the provinces in east China, Shanxi
Shanxi
is less developed for many reasons. Its geographic location limits its participation in international trade, which involves mostly eastern coastal provinces. Important crops in Shanxi
Shanxi
include wheat, maize, millet, legumes, and potatoes. The local climate and dwindling water resources limit agriculture in Shanxi.[10] Shanxi
Shanxi
possesses 260 billion metric tons of known coal deposits, about a third of China's total. As a result, Shanxi
Shanxi
is a leading producer of coal in China
China
and has more coal companies than any other province,[11] with an annual production exceeding 300 million metric tonnes. The Datong
Datong
(大同), Ningwu (宁武), Xishan (西山), Hedong (河东), Qinshui (沁水), and Huoxi (霍西) coalfields are some of the most important in Shanxi. Shanxi
Shanxi
also contains about 500 million tonnes of bauxite deposits, about a third of total Chinese bauxite reserves.[12][13] Industry in Shanxi
Shanxi
is centered around heavy industries such as coal and chemical production, power generation, and metal refining.[citation needed] There are countless military-related industries in Shanxi
Shanxi
due to its geographic location and history as the former base of the Chinese Communist Party and the People's Liberation Army. Taiyuan
Taiyuan
Satellite Launch Centre, one of China's three satellite launch centers, is located in the middle of Shanxi
Shanxi
with China's largest stockpile of nuclear missiles. Many private corporations, in joint ventures with the state-owned mining corporations, have invested billions of dollars in the mining industry of Shanxi
Shanxi
. Hong Kong
Hong Kong
billionaire Li Ka-shing
Li Ka-shing
made one of his largest investments ever in China
China
in exploiting coal gas in Shanxi. Foreign investors include mining companies from Canada, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy.[citation needed] The mining-related companies include Daqin Railway Co. Ltd., which runs one of the busiest and most technologically advanced railways in China, connecting Datong
Datong
and Qinhuangdao
Qinhuangdao
exclusively for coal shipping.[citation needed] The revenue of Daqin Railway Co. Ltd. is among the highest among Shanxi
Shanxi
companies due to its export of coal to Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Shanxi's nominal GDP in 2011 was 1110.0 billion yuan (US$176.2 billion), ranked 21st in China. Its per-capita GDP was 21,544 yuan (US$3,154).[14] Shanxi
Shanxi
has received criticism for bad working conditions in coal mining and other heavy industries.[citation needed] Thousands of workers have died every year in those industries. Cases of child labour abuse were discovered recently.[15][16] In contrast with the poverty, Shanxi
Shanxi
is known for its wealthy mine owners in China.[citation needed] Consortiums of mine owners from Shanxi
Shanxi
have influences in Beijing's real estate market because of their speculation. The only other wealth group in China
China
having the same influence is the entrepreneurs from Wenzhou, Zhejiang, which is the centre of light industry of China
China
and the world.[citation needed] Industrial zones[edit] Taiyuan
Taiyuan
Economic and Technology Development Zone[edit] Taiyuan
Taiyuan
Economic and Technology Development Zone is a state-level development zone approved by the State Council in 2001, with a planned area of 9.6 km2 (3.7 sq mi). It is only 2 km (1.2 mi) from Taiyuan
Taiyuan
Airport and 3 km (1.9 mi) from the railway station. National Highways 208 and 307 pass through the zone. So far, it has formed a "four industrial base, a professional industry park" development pattern.[17] Taiyuan
Taiyuan
Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone[edit] Established in 1991, Taiyuan
Taiyuan
Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone is the only state-level high-tech development zone in Shanxi, with total area of 24 km2 (9.3 sq mi). It is close to Taiyuan
Taiyuan
Wusu Airport and Highway G208. The nearest port is Tianjin.[18] Transportation[edit] The transport infrastructure in Shanxi
Shanxi
is very developed. There are many important national highways and railways that connect the province with neighboring provinces.[19] Road[edit] Shanxi's road hub is in the capital, Taiyuan. The major highways in province form a road network connecting all the counties. Examples of major highways are:

Datong– Yuncheng
Yuncheng
Expressway Taiyuan-Jiuguan Expressway Beijing–Hong Kong– Macau
Macau
Expressway Beijing–Tianjin–Tanggu Expressway

Rail[edit] Shanxi
Shanxi
has extensive rail infrastructure to neighboring provinces. The rail network connects to major cities Taiyuan, Shijiazhuang, Beijing, Yuanping, Baotou, Datong, Menyuan and Jiaozuo. The province also have extensive rail network to coastal cities such as Qinhuangdao, Qingdao, Yantai and Lianyungang.[19] The province has a rail network called the Shuozhou-Huanghua Railway. It will service Shenchi county in Shanxi
Shanxi
with Huanghua port in Hebei. It will become the second largest railway for coal transport from west to east in China.[20] Aviation[edit] Shanxi's main aviation transport hub is Taiyuan
Taiyuan
Wusu Airport (IATA: TYN). The airport has routes connecting Shanxi
Shanxi
to 28 domestic cities including Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu and Chongqing. There are international routes to Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Russia. There is also another airport in Datong, which has domestic routes to other mainland cities.[19][21] Demographics[edit] The population is mostly Han Chinese
Han Chinese
with minorities of Mongol, Manchu, and the Hui.

Ethnic groups in Shanxi, 2000 census

Nationality Population Percentage

Han Chinese 32,368,083 99.68%

Hui 61,690 0.19%

Manchu 13,665 0.042%

Mongol 9,446 0.029%

Source: Department of Population, Social, Science and Technology Statistics of the National Bureau of Statistics of China (国家统计局人口和社会科技统计司) and Department of Economic Development of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of China (国家民族事务委员会经济发展司), eds. Tabulation on Nationalities of 2000 Population Census of China (《2000年人口普查中国民族人口资料》). 2 vols. Beijing: Nationalities Publishing House (民族出版社), 2003. (ISBN 7-105-05425-5) In 2004, the birth rate was 12.36 births/1,000 population, while the death rate was 6.11 deaths/1,000 population. The sex ratio was 105.5 males/100 females.[22] Religion[edit]

Religion in Shanxi[23][note 1]    Chinese ancestral religion
Chinese ancestral religion
(15.61%)    Christianity
Christianity
(2.17%)   Other religions or not religious people[note 2] (82.22%)

The predominant religions in Shanxi
Shanxi
are Chinese folk religions, Taoist traditions and Chinese Buddhism. According to surveys conducted in 2007 and 2009, 15.61% of the population believes and is involved in cults of ancestors, while 2.17% of the population identifies as Christian.[23] The reports didn't give figures for other types of religion; 82.22% of the population may be either irreligious or involved in worship of nature deities, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, folk religious sects, and small minorities of Muslims. Military police demolished a large Christian church known as Jindengtai ("Golden Lampstand") in Linfen, Shanxi, in early January 2018.[24]

Temple of Guandi in Datong.

Chenghuangshen
Chenghuangshen
(City God) Temple of Pingyao.

Western gate of a Temple of Heshen (River God) in Hequ, Xinzhou.

Health[edit] In the 2000s, the province was considered to be one of the most polluted areas in China.[11] The pollution, caused in part by heavy coal mining, has deteriorated health problems in the province.[25] Culture[edit]

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The Shanxi
Shanxi
Museum located on the west bank of Fen River
Fen River
in downtown Taiyuan.

The Pagoda of Fogong Temple, Ying County, built in 1056.

Language[edit] The dialects spoken in Shanxi
Shanxi
have traditionally been included in the Northern or Mandarin group. Since 1985, some linguists have argued that the dialects spoken in most of the province should be treated as a top-level division called Jin, based on its preservation of the Middle Chinese entering tone (stop-final) category, unlike other dialects in northern China. These dialects are also noted for extremely complex tone sandhi systems. The dialects spoken in some areas in southwestern Shanxi
Shanxi
near the borders with Henan
Henan
and Shaanxi are classified in the Zhongyuan Mandarin
Zhongyuan Mandarin
subdivision of the Mandarin group. Cuisine[edit] Shanxi cuisine
Shanxi cuisine
is most well known for its extensive use of vinegar as a condiment, as well as for a huge variety of noodle dishes, particularly knife-cut noodles or daoxiao mian (刀削面), which are served with a range of sauces. A dish originating from Taiyuan, the provincial capital, is Taiyuan
Taiyuan
Tounao (太原头脑, literally " Taiyuan
Taiyuan
Head"). It is a breakfast dish; a porridge-like stew made with mutton, Chinese yam
Chinese yam
(山药), lotus roots, astragalus membranaceus (黄芪, membranous milk vetch), tuber onions, and yellow cooking wine for additional aroma. It can be enjoyed by dipping pieces of unleavened flatbread into the soup, and is reputed to have medicinal properties. Pingyao
Pingyao
is famous for its unique salt beef, while the areas around Wutai Shan
Wutai Shan
are known for wild mushrooms. The most popular local spirit is fenjiu, a "light fragrance" variety of baijiu that is generally sweeter than other northern Chinese spirits. Music[edit] Shanxi
Shanxi
Opera (晋剧 Jinju) is the local form of Chinese opera. It was popularized during the late Qing Dynasty, with the help of the then-ubiquitous Shanxi merchants who were active across parts of China. Also called Zhonglu Bangzi (中路梆子), it is a type of bangzi opera (梆子), a group of operas generally distinguished by their use of wooden clappers for rhythm and by a more energetic singing style; Shanxi
Shanxi
opera is also complemented by quzi (曲子), a blanket term for more melodic styles from further south. Puzhou Opera (蒲剧 Puju), from southern Shanxi, is a more ancient type of bangzi that makes use of very wide linear intervals. Ancient commerce[edit] Shanxi merchants (晉商 Jinshang) constituted a historical phenomenon that lasted for centuries from the Song to the Qing Dynasty. Shanxi merchants ranged far and wide from Central Asia to the coast of eastern China; by the Qing Dynasty
Qing Dynasty
they were conducting trade across both sides of the Great Wall. During the late Qing Dynasty, a new development occurred: the creation of piaohao (票號), which were essentially banks that provided services like money transfers and transactions, deposits, and loans. After the establishment of the first piaohao in Pingyao, the bankers in Shanxi
Shanxi
dominated China's financial market for centuries until the collapse of Qing Dynasty
Qing Dynasty
and the coming of British banks. Tourism[edit]

A Pingyao
Pingyao
street.

Jinci, a temple in Taiyuan, dating back to the Zhou Dynasty, noted for its temples, Song Dynasty
Song Dynasty
paintings and architecture. Zuoquan County, known for its China
China
Communist Party battlefield sites. The Ancient City of Pingyao
Pingyao
is a World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
near Taiyuan. Once a great financial center of China, it is noted for its preservation of many features of northern Han Chinese
Han Chinese
culture, architecture, and way of life during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Yungang Grottoes, its literal translation being the Cloud Ridge Caves, are shallow caves near Datong. There are over 50,000 carved images and statues of Buddhas and Boddhisatvas within these grottoes, ranging from 4 centimeters to 7 meters tall.a World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
in Datong, consist of 252 caves noted for their collection of 5th and 6th century Buddhist grotto sculptures and reliefs. Mount Wutai
Mount Wutai
(Wutai Shan) is the highest point in the province. It is known as the residence of the bodhisattva Manjusri, and as a result is also a major Buddhist pilgrimage destination, with many temples and natural sights. Points of interest include Tang Dynasty
Tang Dynasty
(618−907) era timber halls located at Nanchan Temple and Foguang Temple, as well as a giant white stupa at Tayuan Temple built during the Ming Dynasty (1368−1644). Mount Hengshan (Heng Shan), in Hunyuan
Hunyuan
County, is one of the "Five Great Peaks" of China, and is also a major Taoist site. Not far from Heng Shan, the Hanging Temple
Hanging Temple
is located on the side of a cliff and has survived for 1400 years despite earthquakes in the area. Pagoda of Fogong Temple, in Ying County, is a pagoda built in 1056 during the Liao Dynasty. It is octagonal with nine levels (five are visible from outside), and at 67 m (220 ft) in height, it is currently the tallest wooden pagoda in the world. It is also the oldest fully wooden pagoda in China, although many no-longer-existing wooden pagodas have preceded it, and many existing stone and brick pagodas predate it by centuries. Hukou Waterfall
Hukou Waterfall
is located in the Yellow River
Yellow River
on the Shanxi-Shaanxi border. At 50 meters high it is the second highest waterfall in China. Dazhai is a village in Xiyang County. Situated in hilly, difficult terrain, it was a holy site during the Cultural Revolution, when it was set out to the entire nation as exemplary of the hardiness of the proletariat, especially peasants. Niangziguan Township
Niangziguan Township
is located in north-east of Pingding County which is in the junction of Shanxi
Shanxi
and Heibei Province. It is an old village noted for the Niangzi Pass.

Education[edit] See also: List of universities and colleges in Shanxi Major post-secondary institutes in Shanxi
Shanxi
include:

North University of China
China
(中北大学) North University of China, Shuozhou
Shuozhou
(中北大学朔州分校) Changzhi
Changzhi
Medical College (长治医学院) Datong
Datong
University (山西大同大学) Jinzhong
Jinzhong
College (晋中学院) Lüliang
Lüliang
Higher College North China
China
University of Science and Technology (华北工学院) Shanxi Agricultural University (山西农业大学) Shanxi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Shanxi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
(山西中医学院) Shanxi Medical University (山西医科大学) Shanxi Teachers University also called Shanxi
Shanxi
Normal University (山西师范大学) Shanxi University
Shanxi University
(山西大学) Shanxi University
Shanxi University
of Finance and Economics (山西财经大学) Changzhi
Changzhi
College (长治学院) Taiyuan
Taiyuan
Normal University (太原师范学院) Taiyuan
Taiyuan
University of Science and Technology (太原科技大学) Taiyuan
Taiyuan
University of Technology (太原理工大学) Xinzhou
Xinzhou
Teachers University (忻州师范学院) Yuncheng
Yuncheng
University (运城学院)

See also[edit]

Major national historical and cultural sites in Shanxi

Notes[edit]

^ The data was collected by the Chinese General Social Survey (CGSS) of 2009 and by the Chinese Spiritual Life Survey (CSLS) of 2007, reported and assembled by Xiuhua Wang (2015)[23] in order to confront the proportion of people identifying with two similar social structures: ① Christian churches, and ② the traditional Chinese religion of the lineage (i. e. people believing and worshipping ancestral deities often organised into lineage "churches" and ancestral shrines). Data for other religions with a significant presence in China
China
(deity cults, Buddhism, Taoism, folk religious sects, Islam, et. al.) was not reported by Wang. ^ This may include:

Buddhists; Confucians; Deity worshippers; Taoists; Members of folk religious sects; Small minorities of Muslims; And people not bounded to, nor practicing any, institutional or diffuse religion.

References[edit]

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demolishes Christian megachurch with explosives as religious groups decry 'Taliban-style persecution'". Hong Kong
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Free Press. Retrieved January 14, 2018. The huge evangelical Jindengtai (“Golden Lampstand”) Church, painted grey and surmounted by turrets and a large red cross, was located in Linfen, Shanxi
Shanxi
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Wikimedia Commons has media related to Shanxi.

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Official website (in Chinese) Economic profile for Shanxi
Shanxi
at HKTDC Shanxi
Shanxi
Community of Canada website (in Chinese) "Geographic Surveys by Imperial Order", from 1707-1708, is considered one of the first atlases of the Qing dynasty to document the Shanxi area.

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