|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Municipal seat||Yaodu District|
|• Type||Prefecture-level city|
|• CPC Linfen Secretary||Luo Qingyu ( 罗清宇)|
|• Mayor||Yuo Puyu (岳普煜)|
|• Prefecture-level city||20,275 km2 (7,828 sq mi)|
|• Urban||1,304 km2 (503 sq mi)|
|• Metro||1,304 km2 (503 sq mi)|
|Elevation||452 m (1,483 ft)|
|Highest elevation||2,346.8 m (7,699.5 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||385.1 m (1,263.5 ft)|
|Population (2010 census)|
|• Prefecture-level city||4,316,612|
|• Density||210/km2 (550/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|Administrative division code||141000|
Linfen (simplified Chinese: 临汾; traditional Chinese: 臨汾; pinyin: Línfén) is a prefecture-level city in southern Shanxi province, People's Republic of China. It is situated along the banks of the Fen River. It has an area of 20,275 square kilometres (7,828 sq mi) and according to the 2010 Census, a population of 4,316,612 inhabitants whom 944,050 in the built-up (or metro) area made up of Yaodu urban district. It was known as Pingyang (平阳) during the Spring and Autumn Period. In 2006, New York based Blacksmith Institute listed Linfen as one of the ten most polluted cities in the world.
Prior to 1978, Linfen was famous for its spring water, greenery and rich agriculture and therefore nicknamed "The Modern Fruit and Flower Town". Since then it has been developing into a main industrial center for coal mining, which has been seriously crippling the city's environment, air quality, farming, health and its past status as a green village.
According to legend, the site of present-day Linfen was the capital of Yao, a legendary ruler more than 4000 years ago. In the 1980s, Linfen was nicknamed "The Modern Fruit and Flower Town".
Linfen is located in the southwestern part of Shanxi, on the lower reaches of the Fen River, bounded by Changzhi and Jincheng to the east, the Yellow River to the west (which also forms the border with Shaanxi), Jinzhong and Lüliang to the north, and Yuncheng to the south. The prefecture ranges in latitude from 35° 23′ N to 36° 37′ N, spanning 170 kilometres (110 mi), and in longitude from 110° 22′ E to 112° 34′ E, spanning 200 km (120 mi). In all, the city's administrative area, at 20,275 square kilometres (7,828 sq mi), covers 13% of the province's area.
Within its borders Linfen City has a variety of topographical features. It can generally be characterised as having a U shape, with mountains, covering 29.2% of the prefectural area, on all four cardinal directions, a basin, the Linfen Basin (临汾盆地), covering 19.4%, in the middle, and intervening hills, covering 51.4%, in between. In the east, from north to south, are Mount Huo (霍山) and the Zhongtiao Mountains; in the west are the Lüliang Mountains, with elevations mostly above 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). The highest point in the prefecture is the main peak of Mount Huo, at 2,347 metres (7,700 ft), and the lowest is in Xiangning County, at 385 metres (1,263 ft). Important rivers in the area include the Yellow, Fen, Xinshui (昕水河), Qin (沁河), Hui (浍河), E (鄂河), and Qingshui Rivers (清水河).
The whole prefecture-level city features a great variety of terrain. The city itself sits in a basin, which exacerbates pollution problems.
Linfen has a continental, monsoon-influenced semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk), with moderately cold, but dry winters, and hot, somewhat humid summers. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from −2.7 °C (27.1 °F) in January to 26.1 °C (79.0 °F) in July, and the annual mean is 12.6 °C (54.7 °F). The annual precipitation stands at 470 millimetres (18.5 in), with close to 70% of this total falling from June to September. The frost-free period lasts on average 190 days per year. Extreme temperatures have ranged from −22.5 °C (−8.5 °F) to 40.5 °C (104.9 °F).
|Climate data for Linfen (1971−2000)|
|Average high °C (°F)||4.0
|Average low °C (°F)||−8.2
|Precipitation mm (inches)||3.3
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||2.2||2.8||4.6||5.6||6.4||8.8||12.0||10.0||8.6||6.4||3.8||2.0||73.2|
|Source: Weather China|
China's rapid industrialization and urbanization beginning in the 1990s led to increased energy demand causing a dramatic increase in the price of coal. This led to a rapid expansion of loosely regulated private mines. Mining and the heavy industry which developed around it led to severe environmental degradation.
In 2006, the Blacksmith Institute included the city in its annual "10 worst" report, calling the city the most polluted city nationally. It has also been chosen as one of the world's ten dirtiest cities by the Popular Science website. The city has ranked at the bottom of the World Bank's air quality rankings. Because of this disastrous air pollution, the city was now known as the worst polluted area and has come to lessen the tourism that occurs in the city. 
From its low point, in 2004, with only fifteen days out of the year with an acceptable level of air pollution, the environmental situation has improved. After a series of negative reports on the extreme level of pollution in the city, efforts were made to clean up Linfen. Substandard mines were closed. Coal trucks were kept from entering the city, resulting in much less coal dust. The city has also switched much of its heating infrastructure from coal to gas. 197 large coal-fired boilers and more than 600 smaller, family-size boilers were decommissioned. As of 2007, 85 percent of the city uses natural gas rather than coal for their heating. The State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has forced many of the less-efficient smaller factories to close and enforced stricter standards for larger factories including mandating the installation of sulfur scrubbers.
|1||Yaodu District||尧都区||堯都區||Yáodū Qū||1,316||944,050||717|
|2||Houma City||侯马市||侯馬市||Hóumǎ Shì||274||240,005||876|
|3||Huozhou City||霍州市||霍州市||Huòzhōu Shì||765||282,907||370|
|4||Quwo County||曲沃县||曲沃縣||Qǔwò Xiàn||438||237,033||541|
|5||Yicheng County||翼城县||翼城縣||Yìchéng Xiàn||1,163||311,471||268|
|6||Xiangfen County||襄汾县||襄汾縣||Xiāngfén Xiàn||1,304||442,614||339|
|7||Hongdong County||洪洞县||洪洞縣||Hóngtóng Xiàn||1,563||733,421||469|
|8||Gu County||古县||古縣||Gǔ Xiàn||1,193||91,798||77|
|9||Anze County||安泽县||安澤縣||Ānzé Xiàn||1,965||82,012||42|
|10||Fushan County||浮山县||浮山縣||Fúshān Xiàn||946||127,831||135|
|11||Ji County||吉县||吉縣||Jí Xiàn||1,777||106,407||60|
|12||Xiangning County||乡宁县||鄉寧縣||Xiāngníng Xiàn||2,029||233,162||115|
|13||Pu County||蒲县||蒲縣||Pú Xiàn||1,508||107,339||71|
|14||Daning County||大宁县||大寧縣||Dàníng Xiàn||967||64,501||67|
|15||Yonghe County||永和县||永和縣||Yǒnghé Xiàn||1,219||63,649||52|
|16||Xi County||隰县||隰縣||Xí Xiàn||1,415||103,617||73|
|17||Fenxi County||汾西县||汾西縣||Fénxī Xiàn||880||144,795||165|
Despite the city's recent reputation for pollution, Linfen prefecture is home to several notable tourist attractions including the Hukou Waterfall which is the largest waterfall on the Yellow River and the second largest nationwide. Hukou Waterfall is located 150 km (93 mi) west of Linfen city in Jinshan Gorge.
Other attractions are located in Hongdong county. Most notable among these is Guangsheng Temple, built in 147 CE. Located in the upper Guangsheng temple is the Feihong Pagoda, the largest and best preserved glazed Chinese pagoda. Also in Hongdong county is the Su San Prison, a restored Ming dynasty prison made famous by the Peking opera titled Yu Tang Chun (玉堂春). It is China's oldest surviving prison.
Linfen has rich mineral resources including coal, iron ore, copper, and lead. Hedong Coal Field, Huoxi Coal Field and Qinshui Coal Field together comprise 62.9 billion tons of coal reserves. Iron ore reserves exceed 420 million tons. Coal mining and dressing, coking, metallurgy, non-ferrous metal smelting, and chemicals are the principle industries.
Linfen Qiaoli Airport, in Yaodu district, was built in 1958 and closed in 1965. The airport has been under renovation since September 2010, but as of January 2013 is not operational.
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