province of central China with its capital at Taoyuan, the supposed original home of the prehistoric Huaxia

Shanxi (山西) is a province of the People's Republic China. It is in northern China. The Yellow River flows through it.[1] The name Shanxi means "mountain's west" or "west of the mountains", as it is west of the Taihang Mountains.[2]

location in China

Its major cities are its capital Taiyuan, Datong, Changzhi, and Yangquan.

The abbreviation of Shanxi is Jin (晋), since there is another province, Shandong (山东), that has the word "Shan" (山) in it, meaning "mountain" in Chinese.

Although in pinyin, the name of the neighboring province to the west, "Shaanxi", is spelled exactly the same as "Shanxi", the only difference in how the two words are pronounced is that the first syllable in "Shanxi" is said using the first tone in Mandarin, while the first syllable in "Shaanxi" is said with the third tone. Since tone markers are not usually used to show how to pronounce the two different names, the first word in "Shaanxi" is spelled using the Gwoyeu Romatzyh method instead, which indicates tones by adding extra letters to a syllable.

Notable residents change

Mi Fu, poet

References change

  1. An Introduction to Chinese Provinces,, accessed November 2009
  2. (in Chinese) Origin of the Names of China's Provinces Archived 2016-04-27 at the Wayback Machine, People's Daily Online.