Shanxi Province (山西省), China Travel Guide


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Shanxi Province is a province of the People's Republic of China on the north-central part of the country. Its name means "mountain's west", in reference to the Taihang Mountains. The province is 156,800 sq km (60,500 sq mi) in size, placing it in the 19th spot out of the 22 provinces of China. The population of Shanxi Province, at 33.3 million people, is also in the 19th position. The provincial capital of Shanxi is the city of Taiyuan, which is also the biggest city in the province.


Gate to the Pagoda of Fogong Temple
Gate to the Pagoda of Fogong Temple
Author: Patrick Streule (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Shanxi Province is a landlocked province. It is bordered by Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to the north, Shaanxi Province to the west, Henan Province to the south and Hebei Province to the east.

Shanxi is divided into eleven prefectures, all of which are prefecture-level cities. They include Taiyuan, Changzhi, Datong, Jincheng, Jinzhong, Linfen, Lüliang, Shuozhou, Xinzhou, Yangquan and Yuncheng.


The Hanging Monastery of Hengshan, Shanxi Province
The Hanging Monastery of Hengshan, Shanxi Province
Author: Patrick Streule (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

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Major Cities in Shanxi Province

  1. Taiyuan - capital
  2. Changzhi
  3. Datong
  4. Yangquan

Tourist Destinations in Shanxi Province

  1. Ancient City of Pingyao
  2. Dazhai Village
  3. Hanging Monastery of Mount Hengshan
  4. Hukou Waterfall
  5. Mount Wutai
  6. Pagoda of Fogong Temple
  7. Yungang Grottoes

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