The Pagoda of Fogong Temple, Ying County, built in 1056.
Shuozhou (red) in Shanxi (orange)
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Municipal seat||Shuocheng District|
|• Type||Prefecture-level city|
|• CPC Shuozhou Secretary||Wang Maoshe (王茂设)|
|• Mayor||LI Zhengyin (李正印)|
|• Prefecture-level city||10,662 km2 (4,117 sq mi)|
|• Prefecture-level city||1,714,857|
|• Density||160/km2 (420/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|Administrative division code||140600|
Shuozhou (Chinese: 朔州; pinyin: Shuòzhōu) is a city in the north of Shanxi province, People's Republic of China, situated along the upper reaches of the Fen River. As of 2010, its population is approximately 1.71 million, and the city has an area of approximately 5,737 km2 (2,215 sq mi). Administratively, Shuozhou is a prefecture-level city, with its seat in Shuocheng District. The Dayun Expressway (Datong—Yuncheng) passes through it, and it has 5 specialized train lines.
|#||Name||Hanzi||Hanyu Pinyin||Population (2003 est.)||Area (km²)||Density (/km²)|
|1||Shuocheng District||朔城区||Shuòchéng Qū||380,000||1,793||212|
|2||Pinglu District||平鲁区||Pínglǔ Qū||190,000||2,314||82|
|3||Shanyin County||山阴县||Shānyīn Xiàn||220,000||1,652||133|
|4||Ying County||应县||Yìng Xiàn||270,000||1,708||158|
|5||Youyu County||右玉县||Yòuyù Xiàn||100,000||1,965||51|
|6||Huairen County||怀仁县||Huáirén Xiàn||250,000||1,230||203|
It is a centre of industry, and its notable industries are primarily mining of coal and other ores such as iron, bauxite, mica, manganese, and graphite. Other economic sectors include agriculture, chemical industry, ceramics, and fishing.
Western tourists rarely come to this area of China, but there are some attractions. The Yingxian Tower, built in 1056 during the Liao Dynasty, is one of the main sites of the region. It was built entirely of wood, without using nails, and serves as a museum of calligraphy. There are also some paleolithic ruins, and ancient gravesites from the Dongyi people.