Here the line enters the northeastern corner of the vast iron and coal field of Shansi.
This was the empire of the Toba, in the north of the present province of Shansi.
The upshot of my investigations and inquiries in Shansi was that the anti-opium edicts were being enforced to the letter.
To the southwest are the provinces of Chili and Shansi, and the Hoangho valley with a population of nearly a hundred millions.
He, for instance, mentions that in visiting the provinces of Shansi and Shensi he observed many plantations of mulberry trees.
The unlimited iron and coal fields of Shansi and Chili should be developed on a large scale.
The central territory of the Shang realm lay in north-western Honan, alongside the Shansi mountains and extending into the plains.
From Taiyuan, it proceeds northwestward through another rich iron and coal field of Shansi to Kolan.
Besides the Chili and Shansi iron mines, the other iron fields must also be developed.
At the present time, in Fan-cheu of Shansi, there is a cave in the mountains; in it are many cast bones and horns of dragons.