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Study in Yangquan, Shanxi Province
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Population: 1,289,500

Area: 4,451 square kilometers (1,719 square miles)

Nationalities: Han

Administrative Division: 3 districts (Downtown District, Mining District, Suburban DIstrict); 2 counties

(Pingding, Yuxian)


Location: Yangquan lies at the western foot of the middle Taihang Mountains, it is the political, economic

and cultural center of the eastern Shanxi Province, and is adjacent to Hebei Province in the east, located

midway between Shijiazhuang and Taiyuan and about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from Beijing and Tianjin.

Physical Features: The city is situated on the eastern edge of the Loess Plateau in the mountainous area

of eastern Shanxi. The terrain of the city slopes downward from the west to the east with the mountains as

its main part of the land.

History: Yangquan is a time-honored city and gains its name for the five bubbling springs of former days in

the downtown city. Historically, it was always a strategic point that commenced construction as a military

fortress as early as in the late Warring States Period (476BC-221BC). In the Tang Dynasty (618-907),

Yangquan was exalted to a prefecture. By 1905, it had a train station to facilitate the exploitation of the

mines, making the city one of the birthplaces of Shanxi's modern industry.

Climatic Features: It belongs to the warm temperate zone with a semi-humid continental monsoon climate,

Yangquan has four clear seasons: windy and rarely rainy spring; hot and wet summer; cool autumn and

cold dry winter. Additionally, winter and summer are longer whilst spring and autumn are shorter. As the

weather can be rapidly changeable in autumn, temperature difference between the day and night is great.

When to Go: from April to October of a year

Scenic Spots:
Niangzi Pass: Apart from the sites of old berm, the gate and the wall, this pass of the Great Wall also has

a waterfall nearby which counteracts the occasional pervading gloom.
Nanshan Park: It is a comprehensive hilly park that assembles imitations of ancient buildings, fountains,

pavilions, and children's playground. It is a perfect place for people to relax.
Other Scenic Spots: In northeastern Yuxian County, there are a group of karst caves extending for 20

kilometers (12 miles) with the largest one half kilometer (0.3 mile) long. It is one of the largest caves in

North China.

Local Products: vinegar, walnuts

 

 

 

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