En­ergy fo­rum lights up his­toric cap­i­tal of Shanxi prov­ince

SHANXI PROV­INCE’S HIS­TORIC CAP­I­TAL CON­TIN­UES AS CEN­TER OF DE­VEL­OP­MENT

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Taiyuan, cap­i­tal of Shanxi, is the prov­ince’s cen­ter of pol­i­tics, econ­omy, science and tech­nol­ogy, cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, trans­porta­tion and in­for­ma­tion. It cov­ers an area of 6,988 square kilo­me­ters and ad­min­is­ters six dis­tricts, three coun­ties, one county-level city, two na­tional-level de­vel­op­ment zones and two provin­cial­level de­vel­op­ment zones.

The city dates back more than 2,500 years and boasts rich cul­tural her­itage. It is home to the Long­shan Grot­toes, China’s largest such Taoist site.

It is a man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­ter and has ad­van­tages in equipment man­u­fac­tur­ing. In re­cent years, its ad­van­taged sec­tors — stain­less steel, new-type equipment pro­duc­tion and mag­nal­ium pro­cess­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing — have de­vel­oped rapidly.

The city has estab­lished an in­dus­trial sys­tem where en­ergy, me­tal­lurgy, me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing and chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing are pil­lars and tex­tiles, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, elec­tron­ics, food build­ing ma­te­ri­als and pre­cise in­stru­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing also thrive.

The Taiyuan gov­ern­ment said the city is also proe foundly in­te­grated into the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive. Taiyuan and the city of Khu­jand in Ta­jik­istan be­came in­ter­na­tional sis­ter cities on Aug 31, 2017.

Last year, the city re­formed and in­no­vated its in­vest­ment at­trac­tion poli­cies and saw 31 projects, each worth more than 3 bil­lion yuan ($437.8 mil­lion), were signed.

The Shanxi Trans­for­ma­tion and Com­pre­hen­sive Re­form Demon­stra­tion Zone, which was set up on Feb

25, 2017, com­prises four na­tional-level de­vel­op­ment zones, three pro­vin­cial-level de­vel­op­ment zones and the Shanxi univer­sity town. It aims to set an ex­am­ple in Shanxi in aspects such as in­dus­trial up­grad­ing, in­no­va­tive de­vel­op­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ment, and be­come a new eco­nomic en­gine for the prov­ince.

Some parts of the zone are lo­cated in ur­ban Taiyuan, which it­self has five na­tional-level key lab­o­ra­to­ries, more than 60 per­cent of the pro­vin­cial-level key lab­o­ra­to­ries and 44 higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions.

The zone has in­dus­trial scale in fields such as new ma­te­ri­als, auto man­u­fac­tur­ing, elec­tronic in­for­ma­tion, sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal re­search and de­vel­op­ment, food pro­cess­ing and bi­o­log­i­cal medicine.

MA QING­HAI / FOR CHINA DAILY

Taiyuan, cap­i­tal of Shanxi prov­ince, boasts beau­ti­ful scenery.

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Taiyuan for­est park has be­come a pop­u­lar venue where local peo­ple can en­joy leisure time and do phys­i­cal ex­er­cises.

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The China Taiyuan Coal Trans­ac­tion Cen­ter is the main venue of the Taiyuan En­ergy Low-Car­bon De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum.

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The hall built for en­shrin­ing Yi Jiang, mother of a king in the Zhou Dy­nasty (c.11th cen­tury-256 BC), in Taiyuan.

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A bridge stretches across the Fenhe River.

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Taiyuan res­i­dents en­joy en­rich­ing art per­for­mances.

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Taiyuan res­i­dents do morn­ing ex­er­cises in Yingze Park.

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Artists per­form back stick, a na­tional in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage item in Taiyuan.

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