Shanxi

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Overview

The province of Shanxi, situated on the Loess Plateau in the middle reaches of the Yellow River in northern China, borders Hebei Province in the east and Shaanxi Province in the west and is connected to Henan Province in the south and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the north. Under the jurisdiction of the Jin State during the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.), the province is also called Jin for short.

Shanxi is a place that boasts the most splendid Buddhist traditions in China. THe province’s Wutai Mountain is known as one of the Four Most Famous Buddhist Mountains in China. Shanxi is also the birthplace of banking in China, evidenced by many famous residential compounds of Shanxi merchant families (influding Wang’s, Qiao’s, Qu’s, Cao’s, and Chang’s) and the Rishengchang Bank. As the ancestral home of the Chinese nation, Shanxi is where many Chinese surnames originated, and their descendants have spread around the country and even the world. It is also home to countless celebrities. Almost every nounty in Shanxi has its own folk music and dances. THerefore, Shanxi has been reputed as the Museum of Ancient Chinese Architecture, the Home of Banking in China, the Birthplace of Traditional Chinese Operas, the Ocean of Folk Songs, and the Home of Folk Dances.

Attractions

Ancient City of Pingyao
Pingyao, an ancient city, is located to the southwest of Taiyuan in central Shanxi. Known for its history and culture, it ws added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1997…

Lingkong Mountain Scenic Area
The Lingkong Mountain, also know as the Jiuding Mountain, is 30km northwest of Qinyuan County. Looked at from afar, the mountain is covered by pine trees and surrounded by steep…

Wutai Mountain
Situated in the northeast of Wutai County of Xinzhou City, the WutaiMountain, one of China’s natural and cultural heritage sites, is a national scenic and historic interest area…

Yungang Grottoes
The grand Yungang Grottoes are located at the south cliff of the Wuzhou Mountain in the western suburbs of Datong City. Originally built in the northern Wei Dynasty (386-534), they…

Dining

Sliced noodles:
Also called Noddles Sliced with Flying Knife due to fantastic cutting technique involved in making process. When skilful cooks cut the noodles, “one falls into the pot, while one files in the air and one is just sliced, and every piece of noodle jumps like fish in the pot.” the cooked noodles are soft in the inner and chewy in the outer, and digest easily.

Pingyao Beef:
As a traditional local product of Pingyao County, Pingyao Beef became famouse in the Ming Dynasty, and prevailed at the banqusts from the late Qing Dynasty through the early period of the Republic of China .Featuring superb producing techniques, it boasts rosy color, tender texture, strong fragrance, pleasant taste and convenience in storage. The older is the beef cattle, the tastier is its meat.

Duyichu Steamed Dumpling:
Steamed Dumpling is a traditional snock of southern Shanxi. With a shape of guava, it features bright-white color, abundant stuffing, thin wrapper and pleasing taste. Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty spoke highly of the snack, and awarded a plaque with his inscriptions of “Duyichu” to the Fushan Steamed Dumpling Restaurant. From that day on, the restaurant has won fame far and near.

Daqinghua Dumping
Add: Middle Qinxian North Rd., Taiyuan.
Tel: 0086-351-7080555

Huixianlou Restaurant
Add: 80 Heping South Rd., Taiyuan
Tel: 0086-351-6063152

Jinyang Restaurant
Add: 11Bingzhou Rd., Taiyuan
Tel: 0086-351-4043700

Older Datong Restaurant
Add: 3rd Rd., Zhenhua North St., Datong.
Tel: 0086-3522103270

Taiyuan Wheaten Food Restaurant
Add: Entrance to Yinze Rd., 17 Jiefang Rd., Taiyuan.
Tel: 0086-351-2022230

Wanbolinqu Pan’s Steamed Dumpling
Add: Middle Lane, Xikuang St., Taiyuan
Tel: 0086-351-6212695

Hotels

Datong Hotel
★★★★
Add: 37 Yingbin West Rd., Datong.
Tel: 0086-352-5868666

Eden International Hotel
★★★★
Add: 71 west Shuncheng St., Yuci Dist., Jinzhong
Tel: 0086-354-2088888

Globe International Hotel
★★★★
Add: 509 Changxing Middle Rd., Changzhi
Tel: 0086-355-2199999

Jincheng Jinnian Hotel
★★★★
Add: Zezhou South Rd., Jincheng
Tel: 0086-356-2228485

Mt. Wutai Yinhai Mountain Villa
★★★★
Add: Taihua Town, Wutaishan
Tel: 0086-350-6542676

Shanxi Hotel
★★★★
Add: 5 Xinjian South Rd., Taiyuan
Tel: 0086-351-8829999

Shanxi World Trade Center Hotel
★★★★★
Add: 69 Fuxi St., Taiyuan
Tel: 0086-351-8688888

Shanxi Yingze Hotel
★★★★
Add: 189 Yingze Ave., Taiyuan
Tel: 0086-351-8828888

Museums

Cao Family Grand Courtyard-Sanduotang Museum
Tel: 0086-354-6130020

Shanxi Museum
Add: No.13 Northern Section of Binhe Road West, Taiyuan

Shopping

Datong Department Store
Add: 2 Xinjian North Rd., Datong
Tel: 0086-352-2042703

Hualin Commercial Plaza
Add: West of Xiaonan St., Datong
Tel: 0086-352-2044876

Huayu Shopping Center
Add: 87 kaihuasi (nearby Jiefang Rd.), Taiyuan
Tel: 0086-351-8308000

Lianyang Department Store
Add: 39 Liunan, Yingze Dist., Taiyuan
Tel: 0086-351-4198888

Shanxi Chengyijiu Travel Souvenir Exhibition Center
Add: 2 Yingze West Ave., Taiyuan.
Tel: 0086-351-6174400

Shanxi Cultural Relics Head Store
Add: Xiaonanguan West St., Taiyuan
Tel: 0086-351-4047133

Wuyi Department Store
Add: 2 Wuyi Rd., Taiyuan
Tel: 0086-351-4046363

Yungang Plaza
Add: 1 Sipailou, Datong
Tel: 0086-352-2056093

Travel Agencies

Changzhi Eastern Int’l Travel Service Co., Ltd.
Add: 495 Yingxiong Middle Road., Changzhi
Tel: 0086-3552118968

China Int’l Travel Service, Shanxi
Add: 38 Pingyang Rd., Taiyuan
Tel: 0086-351-8211101

China Youth Travel Service, Datong
Add: 108 Jiaochang St., Datong
Tel: 0086-352-2068206

China Youth Travel Service, Shanxi
Add: 34 Qingnian Rd., Taiyuan
Tel: 0086-351-4198575

Datong China Int’l Travel Service, Datong
Add: 21 Yingbin East Rd., Datong
Tel: 0086-352-5103046

Shanxi Linfen Huayao Int’l Travel Service Co., Ltd
Add: 1 Guangxuan St., Linfen
Tel: 0086-357-2036667

Yuncheng China Travel Service Co., Ltd.
Add: 84 Hongqi East., Yuncheng
Tel: 0086-359-2086001