Population: 37,183,400 (2018)
Location: North China
Area: 156,700 square kilometers
In 2018, Shanxi recorded a GDP of 1.68 trillion yuan ($248 billion), an increase of 6.7 percent, which is 0.1 percentage points higher than the national average, and the eighth consecutive quarter since 2017 where its economic growth was above 6 percent. The province continued to make adjustments of the industrial structure, and the primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors grew by 2.1 percent, 4.5 percent, and 8.8 percent respectively.
The agriculture sector continued to expand, as the total grain output in 2018 reached 13.8 billion kilograms, up 1.87 percent with an increase of 253 million kg over the previous year, the second highest output in history. Over the past two years, the service sector has played a prominent role in leading economic growth and its contribution to GDP growth was 71.1 percent, 45.1 percentage points higher than that of the secondary industry.
The added value of non-coal sectors saw an increase of 8.2 percent, of which the manufacturing industry accounted for 76.4 percent of Shanxi’s industrial growth. Its fixed-asset investment witnessed a sustained growth of 5.7 percent in 2018, 25.2 percentage points higher than that of the first half of 2018 and 7.3 percentage points higher than the first three quarters.
Shanxi stepped up efforts in optimizing the economic structure, and its ecological agriculture was promoted, as the total planting area for corn decreased 3.3 percent, while the area for vegetables was up 4.2 percent. The Shanxi government also continued to reduce costs of enterprises, while cutting taxes and administrative fees.
Shanxi is also moving to reduce its dependence on coal as emerging industries are taking the lead in driving industrial growth. The province closed 36 mines and cut 23.3 million tons of mining capacity in 2018. Of the coal mines that have been shut down, 19 were previously in operation with a total production capacity of 13.6 million tons and 17 were under construction with a combined 9.7 million tons of capacity.
Emerging sectors of strategic importance are also undergoing rapid growth. Of the industrial enterprises above a designated size in Shanxi, the equipment manufacturing industry saw an increase of 14.5 percent, among which telecommunication equipment manufacturing grew by 21.3 percent, the motor industry was up 21.1 percent, and the new energy equipment manufacturing industry increased 17.4 percent.
Shanxi is also witnessing an increase in its e-commerce industry. The online retail sales and express delivery industry experienced rapid growth. Its online sales of the retail above the quota increased by 27.6 percent from the previous year. Investment in new energy automotive manufacturing doubled last year, while electrical machinery and equipment manufacturing increased 2.7 times. Investment in computer communication and other electronic equipment manufacturing was up 76.1 percent.
The profit of industrial enterprises above a designated size totaled 128.78 billion yuan from January to November last year, an increase of 41.9 percent. Due to the improving performance of enterprises, the general public budget revenue amounted to 229.26 billion yuan, up 22.8 percent.
Shanxi province governs 11 prefecture-level cities. Taiyuan, the capital city, sits in the middle of the province and the remaining 10 cities from North to South are: Datong, Shuozhou, Xinzhou, Yangquan, Lyuliang, Jinzhong, Changzhi, Jincheng, Linfen, and Yunchen. The 11 prefecture-level cities are sub-divided into 119 county-level divisions (23 districts, 11 county-level cities, and 85 counties).
|Intl Sister Cities||Date Signed||Intl Sister Cities||Date Signed|
|Ōmuta, Japan||Oct 16, 1981||Saitama Prefecture, Japan||October 1982|
|Newcastle, UK||April 15, 1985||Idaho, USA||Oct 28, 1985|
|Tennessee, USA||Dec 24, 1986||Derbyshire, UK||April 4, 1987|
|Himeji, Japan||May 19, 1987||Chesterfield, UK||Sept 24, 1987|
|Chichibu, Japan||Oct 7, 1988||City of Reading, USA||July 27, 1992|
|Abruzzo, Italy||Sept 16, 1992||Canelones, Uruguay||Nov 12, 1992|
|Marl, Germany||Oct 4, 1993||Briey, France||June 22, 1994|
|Mount Vernon, USA||Sept 16, 1995||Lanciano, Italy||Sept 20, 1995|
|Launceston, Australia||Nov 28, 1995||Saratov, Russia||Dec 8, 1995|
|Chemnitz, Germany||May 17, 1999||Douala, Cameroon||Oct 12, 1999|
|Mureș County, Romania||July 23, 2000||Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russia||July 2001|
|Bury, UK||Aug 6, 2003||Provins, France||Sept 15, 2005|
|Upper Hutt, New Zealand||Nov 5, 2005||Nashville, USA||April 18, 2007|
|Szolnok, Hungary||Nov 25, 2007||Vals, Australia||July 15, 2008|
|Cacadu, South Africa||Aug 10, 2008||City of Rome, USA||Nov 7, 2008|
|Solnock, Hungary||Sept 10, 2009||Hoi An, Vietnam||Sept 8, 2010|
|Luang Prabang, Laos||Feb 5, 2012||Saint-Denis, France||Mar 2, 2012|
|Pomona, USA||June 17, 2012||Donetsk, Ukraine||Aug 25, 2012|
|Marmande, France||Sept 16, 2012||Gwangju, Korea||Dec 17, 2014|
|West Virginia, USA||June 2015||Geddington, Australia||Oct 8, 2015|