in the eastern part of the Loess Plateau, west of Mts. Taihang,
Shanxi is bounded by the provinces of Hebei
on the east, Henan on the south,
Shaanxi on the west and Inner
Mongolia Aut. Reg. on the north.Two-thirds of the province is
composed of plateau, part of the loess plateau. Hilly lands occupy
its east and west parts and a string of basins lie in the middle.
Area: more than 150000 km'. It is important for its reserves of
Shanxi has a temperate continental
climate and four distinct seasons with an annual mean temperature
of 4-14C', and the annual precipitation is 400-600 mm.
is one of the birthplaces of the ancient civilization of the Chinese
Nation. The national major famous scenic areas include Mt. Wutai,
Mt. Ilengshan, Hukou Falls, Yungang Grottoes, etc.
is famous for its great number of temples, pagodas and frescoes,
such as Jinci Temple, Wooden Pagoda in Yingxian County and Guandi
Temple in Xiezhou, etc. It is thus reputed as a "Museum of
famous local products are Fenjiu Wine in Fenyang, the mature vinegar
in Qingxu County and date in Jishan etc.