As is the case in almost all Chinese provinces, the provincial party secretary and Governor are not natives of Shanxi; rather, they are outsiders who are, in practice, appointed by the central party and government authorities. The province went through significant political instability since , due largely to the number of scandals that have hit the province on labour safety, the environment, and the interconnected nature between the provincial political establishment and big coal companies. Yu Youjun was sent by the central government in to become Governor but resigned in the wake of the Shanxi slave labour scandal in Meng himself was removed from office in after only a few months on the job due to the political fallout from the Shanxi mudslide. In , provincial Political Consultative Conference Chair, one of the highest-ranked provincial officials, Jin Yinhuan , died in a car accident. Since Xi Jinping 's ascendancy to General Secretary of the Communist Party of China at the 18th Party Congress , numerous highly ranked officials in Shanxi have been placed under investigation for corruption-related offenses, including four incumbent members of the province's highest ruling council, the provincial Communist Party Standing Committee.
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The guqin is a plucked seven-string instrument as can be seen in the painting at the left. Bo Ya was amazed by the woodcutter's deep understanding of the music and the two quickly became close friends. Bo Ya needed to continue his journey home but before leaving his new friend he promised to return in one year. As promised, Bo Ya returned the next year only to discover that his friend had died. Bo Ya was deeply saddened by the news and immediately went to burn incense at the woodcutter's grave.
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Its strategic location and rich history make Taiyuan one of the economic, political, military, and cultural centers of Northern China. In BC the Rong were driven out by the Di people. On the night of May 8, BC, Zhao troops broke the dams of the Fen River and let the river flood the Zhi armies, and eventually annihilated the Zhi army, with the help from Wei and Han. This event is the watershed between the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods in Chinese history.
Two gentlemen engrossed in conversation while two others look on, a painting on a ceramic tile from a tomb near Luoyang, Henan province, dated to the Eastern Han Dynasty 25— C. The Terracotta Army , inside the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, consists of more than seven thousand life-size tomb terra-cotta figures of warriors and horses buried with the self-proclaimed first Emperor of Qin Qin Shi Huang in — B. The figures were painted before being placed into the vault. The original colors were visible when the pieces were first unearthed, but exposure to air caused the pigments to fade. The figures are in several poses including standing infantry and kneeling archers, as well as charioteers with horses.