Chinese City Fact: Taiyuan

Taiyuan is the largest city and capital of Shanxi Province in Northern China with a population of around 4.3 million people. It was an ancient capital of China and a number of famous emperors came from the city, particularly during the Tang Dynasty. It houses a temple building built in 1023 AD and has had a tumultuous history being deliberately flooded a number of times as well as destroyed almost totally in 1125 AD.

Taiyuan taller de artesania Cloisonne China 01photo © 2010 Rafael | more info (via: Wylio)

Since 1949, Taiyuan has been a centre for heavy industry particularly with iron and steel production. As a result, coal production locally is the highest in China feeding the numerous power stations required to keep the mills burning. This hasn’t come without it’s costs and Taiyuan is considered one of the world’s most polluted cities. A recent analysis in 2005 showed that the air quality was only deemed acceptable for 224 days in 2004! A lot is being done to improve this and the government has closed a number of unregulated factories and tried to improve environmental standards.

Taiyuan Roadphoto © 2011 Shaven Green | more info (via: Wylio)

Jin Hua Gong Minephoto © 1999 Peter Van den Bossche | more info (via: Wylio)

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