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Shanbei (simplified Chinese: 陕北; traditional Chinese: 陝北; pinyin: shǎnběi; also spelled Shaanbei) specifies the northern portion of Shaanxi province, Northwest China, and is a natural as well as cultural area, forming part of the Loess Plateau. As it includes Yan'an, it is known as the birthplace of the Chinese Communist revolution.
Shanbei is located in the middle of the Loess Plateau with a general elevation range of 800 to 1300 metres, occupying approximately 45% of the area of Shaanxi Province. Elevation tends to increase from southeast to northwest. The northern portions degrade into desert, while the southern portions slope down to hills.
The region is known for its distinctive forms of folk singing.
Standard Chinese and ShaanBei dialect which has a few different words and a strong accent.
- Shannan (region), which refers to the southern part of the province.
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