Overview

(chinadaily.com.cn)

Updated: 2019-04-26

Population: 37,183,400 (2018)

Location: North China 

Area: 156,700 square kilometers

Economy:

Shanxi province saw a 6.7 percent GDP growth in 2018, 0.1 percent higher than the national average. 

The agriculture sector continued to outperform as the total grain output in 2018 reached 13.8 billion kilograms, the second highest yielding year in history. 

The annual industrial added value increased by 4.1 compared with that of last year. According to calibrated statistics, annual investment in fixed assets rose by 5.7 percent. Annual retail sales of consumer goods reached 733.85 billion yuan ($108.93 billion), up 8.2 percent.

Shanxi stepped up efforts in reducing its excessive coal and steel production. Thirty-six coal mines were closed in 2018, slashing 23.30 million tons of production capacity. 

The sales revenue of commercial buildings in Shanxi saw an increase of 18.6 percent in 2018. By the end of December, the area of unsold commercial buildings was reduced to 9.85 million square meters, a decrease of 2.41 million square meters compared with 2017. 

The Shanxi government also continued to reduce costs for companies above designated size in 2018. These companies in Shanxi benefited from an decrease of cost by 0.99 yuan per 100 yuan of revenue. Debt asset ratio also dropped by 2.4 percentage points year on year. 

Supply-side reform in agriculture is also underway as the annual total added value of agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry and fishery sectors topped 74.06 billion yuan , a 2.1 percent increase from 2017. The service sector is playing a prominent role in leading economic growth with a 8.8 percent growth in added value and its contribution to GDP growth amounted to 53.4 percent. 

Shanxi is also moving to reduce its dependence on coal as emerging industries are taking the lead in driving industrial growth. Traditional industries are moving towards high-end development and high-tech industries are booming as industrial investment in technological reform keeps growing with high investment returns. 

Emerging sectors of strategic importance are undergoing rapid growth with a 14.0 percent increase in added value. The new-energy car sector saw an increase of 38.6 percent, the high-end equipment manufacturing sector an increase of 25.0 percent, and the new materials sector 11.4 percent. 

Shanxi is also witnessing an increase in private investment with annual fixed asset investment topping 605 billion yuan. Tourism consumption is also picking up with a 25.5 percent increase in annual total revenue, a 25.5 percent growth in the number of domestic tourists and a 6.5 percent increase in the number of overseas tourists.  

The business environment in Shanxi keeps improving as emerging sectors are growing, market participants are increasing and business regulation reform is being implemented. 

Administrative divisions:

Shanxi province governs 11 prefecture-level cities. Taiyuan, the capital city, sits in the middle of the province and the remaining 10 cities from North to South are: Datong, Shuozhou, Xinzhou, Yangquan, Lyuliang, Jinzhong, Changzhi, Jincheng, Linfen, and Yunchen. The 11 prefecture-level cities are sub-divided into 119 county-level divisions (23 districts, 11 county-level cities, and 85 counties). 

Sister cities:

Intl Sister CitiesDate SignedIntl Sister CitiesDate Signed
Ōmuta, JapanOct 16, 1981Saitama Prefecture, JapanOctober 1982
Newcastle, UK April 15, 1985Idaho, USAOct 28, 1985
Tennessee, USA Dec 24, 1986Derbyshire, UKApril 4, 1987
Himeji, JapanMay 19, 1987Chesterfield, UK Sept 24, 1987
Chichibu, Japan Oct 7, 1988City of Reading, USAJuly 27, 1992
Abruzzo, Italy Sept 16, 1992Canelones, UruguayNov 12, 1992
Marl, GermanyOct 4, 1993Briey, FranceJune 22, 1994
Mount Vernon, USASept 16, 1995Lanciano, ItalySept 20, 1995
Launceston, AustraliaNov 28, 1995Saratov, RussiaDec 8, 1995
Chemnitz, GermanyMay 17, 1999Douala, Cameroon   Oct 12, 1999   
Mureș County, RomaniaJuly 23, 2000   Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russia July 2001
Bury, UK  Aug 6, 2003  Provins, France  Sept 15, 2005
Upper Hutt, New ZealandNov 5, 2005     Nashville, USAApril 18, 2007
Szolnok, Hungary Nov 25, 2007Vals, AustraliaJuly 15, 2008
Cacadu, South Africa Aug 10, 2008City of Rome, USA Nov 7, 2008
Solnock, HungarySept 10, 2009 Hoi An, Vietnam Sept 8, 2010
Luang Prabang, LaosFeb 5, 2012Saint-Denis, FranceMar 2, 2012
Pomona, USAJune 17, 2012Donetsk, UkraineAug 25, 2012
Marmande, FranceSept 16, 2012Gwangju, KoreaDec 17, 2014
West Virginia, USAJune 2015Geddington, AustraliaOct 8, 2015