Chinese name: 吕梁市

Population: 3,854,900 (2016)

Area: 21,143 km² (Prefecture-level city)

Elevation: 952 m (3,123 ft)

Airport: 1

Train station: 1



Lüliang[2] or Lyuliang (simplified Chinese: 吕梁; traditional Chinese: 呂梁; pinyin: Lǚliáng) is a prefecture-level city in the west of Shanxi province, People's Republic of China, bordering Shaanxi province across the Yellow River to the west, Jinzhong and the provincial capital of Taiyuan to the east, Linfen to the south, and Xinzhou to the north. It has a total area of 21,143 square kilometres (8,163 sq mi) and total population of 3,727,057. The metro area of Lüliang has a population of 320,142 at the 2010 census.

Frank Langfitt of National Public Radio described it as "a modest-sized city by Chinese standards".


In 2010 the city had a GDP growth rate at 21%; at the time prices for coal were high and the city had an active coal industry. There were plans to build a new business district in Lüliang, and the city's mayor had strongly pushed for the plan. In 2014 the GDP declined by 2%. By 2015 due to a slowing economy plans in that city stalled and many apartment blocks were left unoccupied. By 2015 the mayor lost his job due to corruption.

Geography and Climate

Lüliang has a monsoon-influenced continental climate, that, under the Köppen climate classification, falls on the borderline between the semi-arid (Köppen BSk) and humid continental (Dwa) regimes, and features large diurnal temperature variation. Winters are cold and very dry, while summers are hot and slightly humid. The monthly daily average temperature ranges from −7.5 °C (18.5 °F) in January to 23.3 °C (73.9 °F) in July, while the annual mean is 9.13 °C (48.4 °F). Close to three-fourths of the annual precipitation occurs from June to September.