Chinese City Fact: Anshan

Anshan is a city of more than 3.6 million people in northern China. Unusually Anshan is also known for holding one third of the world’s supply of talcum, commonly converted into talcum powder and found in bathrooms across the globe.

Following the 1940’s Anshan became an important centre for the manufacture of steel. Unfortunately the steel works were open-hearth furnaces producing lots of dust and pollution. Innovations in the 1990’s has reduced pollution levels and Anshan is now regarded as a much cleaner city.

In a 2010 government White Paper, Anshan was identified as one of the top 20 emerging cities in China alongside the likes of Chongqing, Shenyang and Hefei. In recent years Anshan has tried to transform itself into a tourist destination with a number of parks designated as important areas.

For more information on Anshan please visit: www.wikitravel.org/en/Anshan

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