from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of northeast China west of Beijing. It is an important industrial and railroad center. Population: 999,000.

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  • proper n. A city in Shanxi province, China.


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  • Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Shoppers walk by outside a mall in the city of Datong, Shanxi province.

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  • Other signatories included activist lawyer Pu Zhiqiang and Li Datong, a veteran state newspaper journalist who was forced from a top editing job for reporting on sensitive subjects.

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  • He shot a real-life dog market in Datong, a city in Shanxi province, focusing his gaze on a cloth sack filled with puppies.

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  • Ancient Buddha carvings at the Yungang Grottoes in Datong were coated in acidic soot.

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  • Now, however, the government piped water to their homes from the Datong River in neighboring Qinghai Province.

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