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Prefecture-level city
The Pagoda of Fogong Temple, Ying County, built in 1056.
Shuozhou (red) in Shanxi (orange)
Shuozhou (red) in Shanxi (orange)
Shuozhou is located in Shanxi
Location of the city center in Shanxi
Coordinates: 39°19′N 112°25′E / 39.317°N 112.417°E / 39.317; 112.417Coordinates: 39°19′N 112°25′E / 39.317°N 112.417°E / 39.317; 112.417
Country People's Republic of China
Province Shanxi
County-level divisions 6
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)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Prefecture-level city 1,714,857
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
 • Urban 505,294
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 036000
Area code(s) 0349
Licence plates 晋F
Administrative division code 140600
ISO 3166-2 CN-14-06

Shuozhou (Chinese: 朔州; pinyin: Shuòzhōu) is a prefecture-level city in the north of Shanxi province, People's Republic of China, situated along the upper reaches of the Fen River. In 2010, its population was approximately 1.71 million, and the city has an area of approximately 5,737 km2 (2,215 sq mi).[1] Administratively, Shuozhou is a prefecture-level city, with its seat in Shuocheng District. The Dayun Expressway (DatongYuncheng) passes through it, and it has 5 specialized train lines.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Population
br(2003 est.)
Area (km²) Density (/km²)
Shuocheng District 朔城区 Shuòchéng Qū 380,000 1,793 212
Pinglu District 平鲁区 Pínglǔ Qū 190,000 2,314 82
Shanyin County 山阴县 Shānyīn Xiàn 220,000 1,652 133
Ying County 应县 Yìng Xiàn 270,000 1,708 158
Youyu County 右玉县 Yòuyù Xiàn 100,000 1,965 51
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.


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