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Full nameTaiyuan
Official name太原市
Native name太原
Settlement typePrefecture-level city
MayorLian Yimin (廉毅敏)
Total Area2686.2 sq mi (6959 km2)
Urban Area563.6 sq mi (1460 km2)
Elevation2624.7 ft (800 m)
Highest Elevation8759.8 ft (2670 m)
Lowest Elevation2493.4 ft (760 m)
Total Population4201591 (2010 census)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)3212500
Other information
Time zoneChina Standard (UTC+8)
Area code351
GDP¥ 177.8 billion (2010)
GDP per capita¥ 50,802 (2010)
Major NationalitiesHan
County-level divisions10
Township-level divisions83
Licence Plate Prefixes晋A

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Taiyuan ( ; -cmntʰaɪ̯˥˩ɥɛn˧˥) is the capital and largest city of Shanxi province in North China. At the 2010 census, it had a total population of 4,201,591 inhabitants on 6959 km2 whom 3,212,500 are urban on 1,460 km2. The name of the city literally means "Great Plains", referring to the location where the Fen River leaves the mountains.

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