Wang Zhihuan(688-742), or Wang Jiling, was born in Jin Yang, near Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi province.
Wu Zetian, whose family was from Bing Zhou (modern-day Wenshui county, Shanxi province), was an empress and an outstanding politician.
Fu Shan (1607-1684) was a scholar of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) with the original name of Dingchen, style name of Qingzhu, and common name of Zhuyidaoren.
Guan Hanqing (1241-1300), a prominent playwright and poet of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) with the style name Zhaisou, was born in the city of Xiezhou, Shanxi province and was talented at the game of go, dancing, musical instruments, and the theater.
Bai Juyi (AD 772-846) was a Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty (AD618-907), with the style name Letian.