Shaanxi

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Shaanxi Province in China

Shaanxi (Chinese:陕西, also sometimes called Shenshi) is a province in east China. The word "Shaan" (viz Shanzhou) is a place in Henan Province. "Xi" means "west". So "Shaanxi" means "the place to the west of Shann". The river Wei He runs across it. It has a large population of more than 30 million people. The capital of Shaanxi is Xi'an. It abbreviate as Shan (陕) or Qin (秦), also known as SanQin (三秦, meaning Three Qins).

History[change | change source]

January 23, 1556 – A massive earthquake, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, strikes Shaanxi, killing over 850,000 people. This is the most devastating earthquake in recorded history.

Political divisions[change | change source]

The map of Shanxi Province

Shaanxi Province is divided into ten municipalities:

  1. Xi'an Municipality(西安市)
  2. Ankang Municipality(安康市)
  3. Baoji Municipality(宝鸡市)
  4. Hanzhong Municipality(汉中市)
  5. Shangluo Municipality(商洛市)
  6. Tongchuan Municipality(铜川市)
  7. Weinan Municipality(渭南市)
  8. Xianyang Municipality(咸阳市)
  9. Yan'an Municipality(延安市)
  10. Yulin Municipality(榆林市)