Population: 37,183,400 (2018)
Location: North China
Area: 156,700 square kilometers
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.
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).
|Intl Sister Cities||Date Signed||Intl Sister Cities||Date Signed|
|Ōmuta, Japan||Oct 16, 1981||Saitama Prefecture, Japan||October 1982|
|Newcastle, UK||April 15, 1985||Idaho, USA||Oct 28, 1985|
|Tennessee, USA||Dec 24, 1986||Derbyshire, UK||April 4, 1987|
|Himeji, Japan||May 19, 1987||Chesterfield, UK||Sept 24, 1987|
|Chichibu, Japan||Oct 7, 1988||City of Reading, USA||July 27, 1992|
|Abruzzo, Italy||Sept 16, 1992||Canelones, Uruguay||Nov 12, 1992|
|Marl, Germany||Oct 4, 1993||Briey, France||June 22, 1994|
|Mount Vernon, USA||Sept 16, 1995||Lanciano, Italy||Sept 20, 1995|
|Launceston, Australia||Nov 28, 1995||Saratov, Russia||Dec 8, 1995|
|Chemnitz, Germany||May 17, 1999||Douala, Cameroon||Oct 12, 1999|
|Mureș County, Romania||July 23, 2000||Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russia||July 2001|
|Bury, UK||Aug 6, 2003||Provins, France||Sept 15, 2005|
|Upper Hutt, New Zealand||Nov 5, 2005||Nashville, USA||April 18, 2007|
|Szolnok, Hungary||Nov 25, 2007||Vals, Australia||July 15, 2008|
|Cacadu, South Africa||Aug 10, 2008||City of Rome, USA||Nov 7, 2008|
|Solnock, Hungary||Sept 10, 2009||Hoi An, Vietnam||Sept 8, 2010|
|Luang Prabang, Laos||Feb 5, 2012||Saint-Denis, France||Mar 2, 2012|
|Pomona, USA||June 17, 2012||Donetsk, Ukraine||Aug 25, 2012|
|Marmande, France||Sept 16, 2012||Gwangju, Korea||Dec 17, 2014|
|West Virginia, USA||June 2015||Geddington, Australia||Oct 8, 2015|