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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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’.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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