() is a prefecture-level city
in southern Shanxi
province, People's Republic of China
. It is situated along the banks of the Fen River
. It has an area of . It was known as '''Pingyang''' (平阳) during the .
According to legend, the site of present-day Linfen was the capital of Yao
, a legendary ruler more than 4000 years ago. In the 1980s, Linfen was nicknamed "The Modern Fruit and Flower Town". However, because of the proliferation of coal-burning power plants, the city has become smoggy and dust-covered.
Geography and climate
Linfen is located in the southwestern part of the Shanxi Province, on the lower reaches of the Fen River, bounded by Changzhi
to the east, the Yellow River
to the west (which also forms the border with Shaanxi
to the north, and Yuncheng
to the south. The prefecture ranges in latitude from 35º 23' to 36º 37' N, spanning and in longitude from 110º 22' to 112º 34' E, spanning . In all, the city's administrative area, at , covers 13% of the province's area.
Within its borders Linfen City has a variety of topographical features. It can generally be characterised as having a U shape, with mountains, covering 29.2% of the prefectural area, on all four cardinal directions, a basin, the Linfen Basin
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