Provinces | Shanxi Province

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shanxi
Chinese nameshanxi ['mountain' 'west']
Population33,900,000
Area156,000
CapitalTaiyuan
Main Industriesagriculture, coal
GDP16,898
Foreign Trade6,627
Ethnic minorities0%
Urbanization44%
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Shanxi should not to be confused with its neighbour of 'Shaanxi' (if ever names were devised to confuse a foreigner this is an excellent example). It is the principal coal producing province and is a fairly mountainous province compared to the coastal plains to the East, the Yellow River (Huang He) forms its Western boundary and the Great Wall to the North. Part of the heartland of China from the early days it has a rich range of temples and monasteries with long histories. Wutai Shan is a sacred Buddhist mountain.

It boasts the Yungang Caves at Datong, full of Buddhist sculptures.

See also
Guide to Shanxi
China sage map of Shanxi

White jade horse
Jade horse carved in white jade. Galloping horse and Rider wears helmet and jacket. Han dynasty. Unearthed at Xianyang 1966


Here are some historic photographs of Shanxi, click on the thumbnail to see the photograph in full


Gold Bowl
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Yungang Grottoes
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Xuanzhong Temple
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Bronze Mounted Animal
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Stone age Finds
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Dazhai Revolution
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Huayan Temple
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Tower Wall Painting
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Yungang Grottoes
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