Area: 4,451 square kilometers (1,719 square miles)
Administrative Division: 3 districts (Downtown District, Mining District, Suburban DIstrict); 2 counties
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0353-2042817
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China: 0353-2024446
Location: Yangquan lies at the western foot of the middle Taihang Mountains, it is the political, economic
and cultural center of the eastern Shanxi Province, and is adjacent to Hebei Province in the east, located
midway between Shijiazhuang and Taiyuan and about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from Beijing and Tianjin.
Physical Features: The city is situated on the eastern edge of the Loess Plateau in the mountainous area
of eastern Shanxi. The terrain of the city slopes downward from the west to the east with the mountains as
its main part of the land.
History: Yangquan is a time-honored city and gains its name for the five bubbling springs of former days in
the downtown city. Historically, it was always a strategic point that commenced construction as a military
fortress as early as in the late Warring States Period (476BC-221BC). In the Tang Dynasty (618-907),
Yangquan was exalted to a prefecture. By 1905, it had a train station to facilitate the exploitation of the
mines, making the city one of the birthplaces of Shanxi's modern industry.
Climatic Features: It belongs to the warm temperate zone with a semi-humid continental monsoon climate,
Yangquan has four clear seasons: windy and rarely rainy spring; hot and wet summer; cool autumn and
cold dry winter. Additionally, winter and summer are longer whilst spring and autumn are shorter. As the
weather can be rapidly changeable in autumn, temperature difference between the day and night is great.
When to Go: from April to October of a year
Niangzi Pass: Apart from the sites of old berm, the gate and the wall, this pass of the Great Wall also has
a waterfall nearby which counteracts the occasional pervading gloom.
Nanshan Park: It is a comprehensive hilly park that assembles imitations of ancient buildings, fountains,
pavilions, and children's playground. It is a perfect place for people to relax.
Other Scenic Spots: In northeastern Yuxian County, there are a group of karst caves extending for 20
kilometers (12 miles) with the largest one half kilometer (0.3 mile) long. It is one of the largest caves in
Local Products: vinegar, walnuts