Anshan is home to the Anshan Iron and Steel Group, one of the largest steel producers in China.
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Anshan holds one-third of the world's supply of talcum and a quarter of the world's reserves of magnesite.
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Anshan produced the largest ever jade stone, now a local tourist attraction carved as a Buddha statue.
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Anshan became part of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo.
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Anshan grew significantly in size around this new industrial site, becoming one of, if not the largest producer of iron and steel in Asia.
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Anshan was set to become a key part of this industrial development.
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Anshan became a formal administrative region under the Northeastern People's Government in November, 1949.
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The State Council confirmed that Anshan should be in charge of Xiuyan County and Haicheng city in 1985.
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Anshan has a monsoon-influenced humid continental climate characterised by hot, humid summers, due to the monsoon, and rather long, cold, and very dry winters, due to the Siberian anticyclone.
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Anshan is divided into four districts, one town, one county and one autonomous county.
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Anshan subsequently became part of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo and additional industries developed around the iron and steel mills.
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Anshan has an annual production capacity of 10 million tons of pig iron, 10 million tons of steel and 9.
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The southern and south eastern areas of Anshan are rich in magnesite, with reserves equivalent to a quarter of all worldwide reserves.
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Anshan has the world's largest reserve of talcum, accounting for fully one third of the entire world supply.
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Government of Anshan established a five-year plan in 2000 with the aim of turning the city into a strong modern industrial city with plenty of tourism.
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The Anshan government anticipates the foreign investment assets would be around 80 billion RMB by 2005.
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The opportunities for engaging Anshan's consumers have been documented by the ethnographer and cultural sociologist Michael B Griffiths.
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Anshan is connected to the Chinese rail network with rail routes to Beijing, Dalian, and to the northeastern provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang as well as to eastern Inner Mongolia, and even a direct, albeit slow, train to Hong Kong.
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Anshan used to have a single tram line—along Zhonghua Avenue, through the city centre and past Angang main gate—but this has been closed and the tracks removed.
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In recent years, Anshan has been trying to throw off its image as a heavy industrial town along with the dirt and pollution that goes with such industry.
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