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Shanxi

Shanxi is a province of the People's Republic of China, located in the North China region. Its one-character abbreviation is Jin, after the state of Jin that existed here during the Spring and Autumn Period. The capital of the province is Taiyuan.

The name Shanxi means "mountain west", which refers to the province's location west of the Taihang Mountains. lies in the middle reaches of the Yellow River and on the eastern edge of the Loess Plateau. It Shanxi borders Hebei to the east, Henan to the south, Shaanxi to the west, and Inner Mongolia to the north and is made up mainly of a plateau bounded partly by mountain ranges. The Yellow, Haihe, and Fenhe Rivers flow through Shanxi, whose splendid landscape is graced by the celebrated Taihang and Liliang Ranges and Hengshan and Wutai Mountains. Most parts of the province are more than 1000 meters above sea level.

Shanxi's long history is traced back to the days when it was a major cradle of Chinese civilization. In remote antiquity, southern Shanxi was the domain of three legendary kings, Yao (capital: Pingyuan or present day Linfen), Shen (capital: Puban or present day Yongji) and Yu (capital: Anyi or present day Xiaxian County).

A rich cultural heritage mixes with natural wonders to form Shanxi's bustling tourist scene. Datong, Wutai Mountain, Taiyuan, Pingyao, Linfen, and Yuncheng are locations full of historic and cultural significance. Several sites in Shanxi are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Tours
13-day China Winter Tour

13-day China Winter Tour

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13 days Western China Tour covers Beijing Great Wall, Pingyao Ancient City, Xian Terracotta Warriors, Guilin Yangshuo Li River, Shanghai Bund and Suzhou Gardens and more...

4-day Taiyang Pingyao Ancient City Tour

4-day Taiyang Pingyao Ancient City Tour

TaiyuanPingyao

4-day Taiyang Pingyao Ancient City tour for tourists' history and culture interests to view Pingyao Ancient City Wall, Ming Qing Street, Qiao Compound, Ri Sheng Chang and more...

14-day Ancient China Heritage Wonder Tour

14-day Ancient China Heritage Wonder Tour

BeijingPingyaoTaiyuanXianShanghaiHuangshanHangzhou

This 14 days Ancient China Heritage & Wonder Tour for tourist history and nature interests to view The Forbidden City Beijing, Pingyao Ancient City Wall, Xian Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses, Shanghai Yuyuan Garden, Huangshan Yellow Mountains and more....

17-day China Sichuan Tibet Memory Tour

17-day China Sichuan Tibet Memory Tour

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This 17 days China memory tour package for visitor lifetime joy to see the Bund Shanghai, Guilin Li river, Chengdu Panda, Xian Terra Cotta Army Warriors, Lhasa Potala Palace, Pingyao Ancient City,Beijing Great Wall and more

15-day Ancient China Culture Journey

15-day Ancient China Culture Journey

BeijingDatongTaiyuanPingyaoXianLuoyangZhengzhouShanghai

Discover the great ancient Chinese civilization with series of top amazing sights and experience of culture and history in China!

5-day Datong Mt. Heng Mount Wutai Tour

5-day Datong Mt. Heng Mount Wutai Tour

DatongWutaishan

5-day Datong Mt. Heng Mount Wutai Tour to visit the world heritage sites Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple in Datong, we drive to Wutaishan Mountain to view more religious temples in 5 days. They are all the must-see things that over 1,000 years history.

7-day Datong Taiyuan Pingyao Shanxi Tour

7-day Datong Taiyuan Pingyao Shanxi Tour

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Shanxi is not only the capital of coal in China, but also homes to many amazing historical and cultural sites Pingyao Ancient City, Yungang Grottos, Wutai Mountain, Qiao Family's Compound... which are listed as the world heritage sites by the UNESCO. Take this 7-day trip in Shanxi and view the best of the province!

20-day Ancient China & Dream Mountain River View Tour

20-day Ancient China & Dream Mountain River View Tour

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This 21 days Beijing Pingyao Luoyang Xi'an Guilin Huangshan Shanghai Tour to the Forbidden city ,Shaolin Temple, Longmen Grottoes, Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses, Li River Cruise, Yangshuo West Street, Yellow Mountain, Hongcun Village, the Bund and more....

Attractions
Yungang Grottoes

Yungang Grottoes

The Yungang cave is located 16km south-west of Datong city, in the valley of the Shi Li river at the base of the Wuzhou Shan Mountains; and can be reached for 30 minutes car.

Wang Mansion

Wang Mansion

Located in the suburbs of Pingyao, the Wang Mansion is a luxurious residential compound built during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The mansion occupies an area of 150,000 square meters and has 231 courtyards and over 2,000 buildings.

Zhenguo Temple Pingyao

Zhenguo Temple Pingyao

Zhengguo Temple is about 10 kilometers away from the northeast of Pingyao, in the village of Hadongcun Shanxi province. The temple was originally built in 963 in northern Han dynasty

Nine-Dragon Wall Datong

Nine-Dragon Wall Datong

The Nine Dragon Screen Datong, is the oldest and largest screen wall in China, another two similar walls are from Beihai Park and Forbidden City of Beijing.

Huayan Temple

Huayan Temple

Huayan temple or Huayan Monastery is an ancient temple in downtown area of Datong Shan’xi province; just located on Daxi Street on the south western of the city. The monastery was originally built in Liao Dynasty and was regarded as an ancestral temple for emperors.

Pingyao Ancient City Wall

Pingyao Ancient City Wall

Pingyao's Ancient City wall has a history of more than 2,700 years and is in a surprisingly good state of preservation. The wall has a total length of 6 kilometers and is 12 meters tall and averages 5 meters wide at the top.

Shanhua Monastery

Shanhua Monastery

Shanhua Temple covering an area of nearly 14,000 square meters, and the three main buildings are The Gate, the Hall of Three Saints and Daxiong Bao Dian.

Qiao Mansion

Qiao Mansion

The Qiao Mansion, located in the suburbs of Pingyao is breathtaking. Its size, complexity, and architectural design never fails to impress. It was built in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) by the Qiao Family, the richest family in China.

Mountain Hengshan

Mountain Hengshan

Mountain Hengshan, also called Ziyue was renowned as "North Mountain (Bei Yue)", one of the Five Sacared Mountains in China. Mt.Heng is located about 62 kilometers south to Datong city, famous for the natural scenery and man-made landscaping.

Shuanglin Temple

Shuanglin Temple

Located outside of Pingyao, the Shuanglin Temple is full of surprises. The temple is home to more than 2,000 sculptures carved during the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties. The name ‘Shuanglin’ means ‘Double Forest’.

Jinci Temple

Jinci Temple

Jinci Temple is located 25 kilometers to the southeast of downtown Taiyuan City, at the foot of Mount Xuanweng. Jinci temple has a long history, and can be traced back to western zhou dynasty

Hanging Monastery

Hanging Monastery

Hanging Monastery also called Xuankong Si, is a temple stands at the foot of Mountain Hengshan. The temple is about 65 kilometers south of Datong downtown, and could be reached by 1-hour’s drive.

Mountain Wutai

Mountain Wutai

Mountain Wutai, also called Wutai Mountain or Qingliang Mountain, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Wutai County, Xinzhou Region of Shanxi province. It is a Buddhist sacred site and as famous as Mt. Emei in Sichuan, Mt. Putuo in Zhenjiang and Mt.Jiuhua in Anhui.

Ming Qing Street

Ming Qing Street

Pingyao's Ming Qins Street was the busiest shopping street in Pingyao. The street is lined with ancient shops, including some historically important ones. In the flagstone street, lines can be seen worn into the stone by centuries of carriages.

Hotels
Pingyao Hongshanyi Hotel

Pingyao Hongshanyi Hotel

The Hongshanyi Hotel (Hongshanyi Kezhan) is located in downtown Pingyao and boasts a classical architectural style based on ancient Shanxi merchants' residences, constructed in the form of a yuanbao, which symbolizes fortune in China. Guestrooms in this Pingyao hotel include modern amenities like flatscreen TVs with traditional Chinese furniture, including elaborately-carved wooden canopy beds in Superior Suites and Deluxe Rooms. Those doing business in Pingyao can make use of the hotel's meeting room.

Datong Hotel

Datong Hotel

The Datong Hotel (Datong Binguan) is located in the city center, close to the railway station and some famous attractions. All rooms are equipped with international direct dial phones, satellite TVs, mini bars, safes and Internet access. The Chinese restaurant serves Sichuan, Shandong, Cantonese and local dishes. Authentic French and Italian cuisines are on offer in the western restaurant. Rose bar is an ideal rendezvous for a list of drinks. There are also six meeting rooms, where the largest can hold up to 400 people.

Holiday Inn Datong City Centre

Holiday Inn Datong City Centre

Newly opened in 2010 and sitted in the central commercial area of Datong city, Holiday Inn Datong City Centre is the first major full-scale international hotel managed by the InterContinental Hotel Management Group, aiming at a real-concerned and fully-hearted customers' personal experience. Whether during a business travel, attending a meeting or just only for a 'stolen half a day from floating Life', Datong Grand Hotel will be you sweety home away from home. The hotel has elegant and stylish deluxe rooms, including executive suites, ambassadorial suites, Royal Palace, the executive floor and non smoking floors. All our rooms are well equipped with broadband internet access, international and domestic long-distance telephone, international satellite TV channels, mini bar, ice bucket, iron, ironing board and safe for your notebook. Especially the comfortable beds and pillows, a powerful shower facilities, a unique sound effect and fragrance fumigation, will create a home-like free space for a night of quality sleep.

Pingyao Tianyuankui Guesthouse

Pingyao Tianyuankui Guesthouse

Any trip to Pingyao should include a visit to the Ri Shengchang Money Exchange Museum and a stay at the Tian Yuan Kui Guesthouse. The Tian Yuan Kui Guesthouse, which is in the heart of the old city, was built in 1791. During the Jin & Shang Dynasties it was a prominent area enjoying an economic boom, and it is popular again today. On entering the Tian Yuan Kui Guesthouse you will be swept back in time. The classic architecture, courtyards, stone lion carvings, Ming & Qing style furniture, red lanterns and fragrant tea by candlelight, all adding to the memorable experience. At the same time, modern facilities, such as colour TV, air conditioning and clean, tidy washrooms with western-style toilets, are provided.

Hong Qi Grand Hotel Datong

Hong Qi Grand Hotel Datong

The Hong Qi Grand Hotel (Hongqi Dafandian) is located 100 meters north of Datong Railway Station, in convenient proximity to local transport and points of interest.

Yide Hotel

Yide Hotel

It was opened up on the basis of the family courtyard of a Shanxi merchant named Hou Wangbin. It was built in 1736, consisting of 6 courtyards, including the house owners' yard, the servants' yard, the study yard, the yard of carriages and horses and a garden. The lanes connecting the six yards are paved with flag stone. Each of the courtyards is an intact Siheyuan decorated with delicate arches and exquisite carvings. The hotel is scientifically converted based on the original constructions, equipped with bathrooms, communication devices, internet access and other modern facilities. It is a combination of the past and modern. With the location in a serene lane, it is only 3 minutes' walk from the hotel to the flourishing business street.

Howard Johnson Jindi Plaza Datong

Howard Johnson Jindi Plaza Datong

The Howard Johnson Jindi Plaza Datong (Datong Jindi Haosheng Dajiudian) elevated as first international hotel in the city, the art of hospitality to new levels. Conveniently located in the commercial district, in close reach of the historical sites, it serves as ideal location for business or leisure travelers. Embodying the rich culture of the area, the Howard Johnson Jindi Plaza Datong, with various elegantly and spacious appointed rooms and suites, reflects a world of sophistication and comfort combined with unprecedented attention to details. Enjoy the unmatched variety of food and beverage options, highly regarded for their exceptional, innovative cuisine as well as highest personalized service. Flexible meeting and banquet venues for every occasion, latest technology and dedicated catering professionals will ensure that your event will be successful and memorable. Extensive entertainment and leisure facilities, like the tranquil Tea House, Chess Rooms, Gymnasium, Indoor Swimming Pool, Beauty Salon, KTV and Sauna are inviting to unwind after a stressful day.

Pingyao Yunjincheng Hotel

Pingyao Yunjincheng Hotel

The Pingyao Yunjincheng Hotel (Pingyao Yunjincheng Minsu Binguan) is located on West Avenue, adjacent to Ri Sheng Chang Draft Bank, Ancient City Wall and Mingqing Street attractions. Rooms of this Pingyao hotel are equipped with 24-hour hot water, air conditioners, TVs, phones and broadband Internet access. Dining outlets include a Chinese restaurant and Western restaurant. The lobby bar features local cuisine.

Garden Hotel Datong

Garden Hotel Datong

Located in the heart of Datong, the Garden Hotel (Huayuan Dafandian) is a comprehensive hotel offering both leisure and business facilities. Datong's main sights, including Shanhua Temple, the Drum Tower, and other cultural hotspots are within a few minutes' walk. All guestrooms are spacious and clean with large panoramic windows, some of which look onto an internal courtyard or atrium. Safety deposit boxes and free high-speed Internet are among the amenities available for all guests. Dining options include a Chinese restaurant that combines Chinese favorites with a Brazilian BBQ served up by Brazilian chefs. A multifunction banquet hall is ideal for parties, conferences and other large scale events. The hotel's tourist office can assist with booking travel to local sights such as the Hanging Monastery and Yungunag Grottoes then, after a hard day's sightseeing guests can come back and relax with a massage or a spa treatment or, for the more energetic, a session in the hotel gym or a game of ping pong.

Yu Feng Heng Hotel Pingyao

Yu Feng Heng Hotel Pingyao

Yu Feng Heng Hotel is located in Pingyao old town's most prosperous section--Chenghuangmiao Street, next to Ming Qing Street, Jinjing tower, Wen Temple, Chenghuangmiao, and old county government. Yu Feng Heng Hotel was built on the former structure of Yu Feng Heng Hotel, which was famous for its scholar atmosphere during Qing dynasty's Guangxu period. In recent years, the hotel has been decorated and equipped with the modern amenities of air conditioner, color TV, bathroom, etc. Mrs. Qian Xiulan, wife of the hotel's boss, Liu Hailong, is Pingyao's celebrated entrepreneur and is honored by Shanxi province's local Women' s Association. Welcome to Yu Feng Heng Hotel! The hotel was last decorated in 2006.

Yungang International Hotel

Yungang International Hotel

Yungang International Hotel, located at No. 38, Daxi Street, Datong, Shanxi, the center of historical cultural city. And it was ranked as the first Five-star Tourism Hotel in Datong by the National Tourism Administration in May of 2007. The hotel is 20 km away from the airport, 2.5 km from the railway station, 2 km from the bus station, and only 18 km the Yungang Caves, the world culture heritage, and near the municipal sight at hand, such as Huayan Temple and Nine Dragon Wall. It is the perfect place for quarter for traveling, sightseeing, commerce and trade. The hotel totally has 236 sets of guest rooms, including the magnificent luxury administrative suites, luxury solo rooms with unique layout as well as the warm and elegant standard rooms.

Tongmei International Hotel

Tongmei International Hotel

The Tongmei International Hotel (Datong Tongmei Guoji Jiudian) is located in the core area of mining area. It is 16 kilometers away from the popular Yungang Grottoes. This Datong hotel houses a variety of room types ranging from single rooms to business suites. The on-site restaurant specializes in royal, Sichuan, Hunan and Datong cuisines. Business facilities include three multi-functional banquet hall.

Tips

Things to do in Datong

Datong is located in the north of Shanxi province China; it is one of the twenty-four famous historical cities, with many valuable historical and cultural sites which could be dated back to Northern Wei State more than 1,500. Unlike the cities from south China, Datong is a city full of ancient feel.

Pingyao Food & Cuisine

To taste the typical food of Pingyao, Ming-qing Street is the right place for travelers, where they are many shops, restaurants or stalls that selling kinds of food in Pingyao. Like other people in north China, the local staple food in Pingyao is mainly wheaten products.

Datong Shopping

There are many things to see and buy when you come to the Da Xi Jie, Si Pai Lou and Xiao Nan Jie of Datong, there are malls, department stores, market place & special stores that travelers can find the specialties.

Food & Cuisine in Datong

Datong dish has heavy oil and color, little salt; the stable in Datong are noodles and other food made of flour. Do taste the traditional fishes and local snack when travel to Datong Shanxi province.

Shopping in Pingyao

Pingyao, the old town with long history has left many ancient buildings, grand city walls as well as varied handcrafts and local products. Along with the Ming-qing street, there are many shops and restaurants that selling kinds of products.

Datong Weather & Climate

Datong is located at the northern China, and has continental monsoon climate with four distinguishing seasons. The average annual temperature is around 6.8 degrees Celsius with big temperature difference between day and night.

Pingyao weather & climate

Pingyao is located in the central of Shanxi province, in the southwest of Taiyuan Basin, and it subordinate to the temperate continual monsoon semiarid climate.

Transportation in Datong

Datong airport it is located in the north of Beijiaozao Datong County, about 17 kilometers (10.6 miles from urban Datong). There are flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Changzhi and Guangzhou

Transportation in Pingyao

There's no taxi or public bus within the pingyao ancient town, but rickshaw, electrical mobile and Bicycle are the most popular vehicles to use.

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