Yungang Grottes, Datong, Shanxi

Yungang Grottes, Datong, Shanxi

One of the four largest ancient grottoes in China



One of the four famous mountains of Chinese Buddhism and one of the five holy places of Buddhism in the world

Pingyao Ancient City

Pingyao Ancient City

One of the four best preserved ancient cities in China

Time-horoned Shanxi

Two of China's most famous cultural symbols have deep roots in Shanxi Province. One is the well-known Great Wall, crossing Shanxi in its northern part. The other is the mother river of Chinese nation, Huanghe (the Yellow River), which encircles western and southern Shanxi. Yellow River and the Great Wall are both the carriers of Chinese civilization, the namecards of "beautiful China". At the same time they are the signs and symbols of Shanxi's long history, splendid culture and magnificent mountain scenery. Shanxi's intangible cultural heritage, the paper cutting, dough sculpture are with superb skills. The special artistic performances in Shanxi include traditional opera, folk music, song and dance, etc. Popular destinations within Shanxi Province are: Wutai Mountain, Datong Yungang Grottoes, Pingyao Ancient City, Hukou Waterfall, Mt.Hengshan. You can also travel from/to nearby Xi'an, or Beijing. If you wanna a different China trip, Shanxi is your good choice for less crowded, more original...

*Shanxi Tour Packages

Shanxi is colorful like a great treasure! People always say that Shanxi means nice scenery. With accumulated history and culture, Shanxi has been known as the "museum of ancient Chinese architectural art". The well-preserved ancient architecture before Song and Jin Dynasties account for more than 70% of the country's total. Wutai Mountain, Yungang grottoes, Pingyao Ancient City, Wang's Grand Courtyard, Jinci temple, Hukou Waterfall...all worth a visit. China Panda Tour has carefully designed the Shanxi tour packages on a basis of inspection on spots, taking you an authentic and unforgettable Shanxi tour!

Essence of Pingyao Tour - 2 Days


Classic Pingyao Ancient City tour, with sightseeing to Pingyao Ancient City Wall, Government Office Buildings, Rishengchang Draft Bank, and experience of paper-cutting.

Shanxi Mt.Wutai, Mt.Heng, Datong Buddhism & Culture Tour - 4 Days


In this Shanxi Buddhism & Culture tour, you will visit Mt.Wutai, Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, Hanging Temple & Yungang Grottoes, all are essence of Shanxi Buddhism relics. 

Shanxi Panorama & Culture Discovery - 9 Days


This tour highlights the rich culture and profound history of Shanxi Province in China. You will admire Yungang Grottoes in Datong, religious Mount Wutai, Ancient City of Pingyao and majestic Wang Family Compound. You will experience paper-cutting art, marvel at the Hukou Waterfall, walk into the Pit Kiln Houses.

Yellow River Ode & Pingyao Ancient City Trip - 3 Days


Learn Shanxi's history, culture and folklore in Pingyao Ancient City, enjoy Yellow River's magnificent landscape in Hukou Waterfall of Linfen. 

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Pingyao Ancient City

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Hukou Waterfall

*Top Things to Do in Shanxi


Visit Pingyao Ancient City

Pingyao Ancient City is located in the central part of Shanxi Province, with favorable traffic. It is the birthplace of Jin Merchant Culture. The whole ancient city is a huge architectural complex composed of ancient city wall, ancient street, ancient shop, ancient temple and ancient civilian residential housing, which is a live sample of county town of Han Nationality region of China in Ming and Qing period. On December 3, 1997, together with Shuanglin Temple and Zhenguo Temple, Pingyao Ancient City was listed into "Roaster of World's Cultural Legacies". UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Legacy Committee has evaluated Pingyao Ancient City as:"Pingyao Ancient City is an outstanding model of cities of Han Nationality of China in Ming and Qing period. Pingyao Ancient City keeps all its characteristics and, in Chinese history, has shown an extrodinary complete picture of cultural, social, economic and religious development." 


Walk on Pingyao Ancient City Wall

The legend has it that Pingyao Ancient City Wall was originally constructed 2,700 years ago, In the 3rd year (1370) of Hongwu in the Ming Dynasty, the original city of Pingyao was expanded and reconstructed to the ancient city of Pingyao in stock. Horizontally seen, the Ancient City Wall, 6.4 km around, is square-shaped. On the east, west, and north of the city, the walls are built straight,. Only on the south, the meandering wall is built along the Zhongdu River. It's said that the city was built as a place of interest on the basis of the turtle that was playing with water in front of it and of the mountains and water which face the sun. Standing at the city wall to watch the smoke curling upwards from kitchen chimneys, or looking into the distance of ancient city wall in evening mist, will lead into a time long long ago...


Watch folk-custom performance in Government Office Buildings

The Pingyao County Government Office Buildings, the typical model of the organizational system of China's ancient county in  the Feudal dynasty periods, was originally constructed in 1346, the third year of Emperor Yuanzhen in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Most of the existing buildings were built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties according to their principles except for one remaining from the Yuan Dynasty. The magnificent compound is consisted of such major buildings as the Memorial Archway, Datang Hall, Ertang Hall, Daxian Tower, Residence, Garden and so on. There are folk-custom performance everyday in the Governmentt Office Buildings, you may play the role of County Magistrate for one time. 


Visit Rishengchang Draft Bank

China Draft Bank Museum, built on the former site of Rishengchang Draft Bank, is located on the south side of West Avenue in Pingyao Ancient City. Rishengchang Draft Bank, dubbed as the grandfather of China's contemporary bank in the countryside, is the first one of its kind founded in China in 1823. The establishment of Rishengchang has been a milestone in China's financial and banking development history for remittance with an important epoch-making significance for businessmen in management at present. 


Pay a visit to Museum of No.1 Armed Escort in North China

Museum of No.1 Armed Escort in North China, is the first museum in China which shows the history and culture of armed escorts comprehensively. It covers more than 1,000 square meters and is made up of three separate courts. The front court is the business district, including east and west cabinet house, gold depository and cabinet head house, which is the business place for armed escorts. The middle court is the office district, composed of mail house, accounting office and middle hail. The rear court is the living region, including teacher's hall, kitchen and boxing place. It is the place for escorts' everyday life and Kungfu practice. 


Learn Shanxi's Buddhism Culture

In the feudal era of China, the Buddhism culture in Shanxi was extremely prosperous, which was one of the important bases for the development of Chinese Buddhism. Best & popular Buddhist places for you to visit in Shanxi are:

Datong: Yungang Grottoes, Shanhua Temple, Huayan Temple, Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, Hanging Monastery in Mt.Heng

Mt.Wutaishan: Fomu Cave, Wuye Temple, Pusa Top

Pingyao Ancient City: Shuanglin Temple, Zhenguo Temple 


Sleep on the adobe bed - Kang 

Kang, in English the heatable adobe sleeping platform, is a rectangular platform built by adobe or brick for sleeping in northern China. There is a passage below the platform, which communicates with the chimney and can be heated by fire. As tourists, you can experience Kang as bed in some traditional style hotels in Shanxi. 


Feel the magnificent Yellow River in Hukou Waterfall

Hukou waterfall, the only yellow waterfall on the Yellow River, is the second largest waterfall in China. Hukou Waterfall scenic spot centered on the Hukou waterfall integrated with the Yellow River gorge, loess plateau and ancient plateau villages, showing the magnificent natural landscape and rich historical accumulation of the Yellow River basin. In 2016, it was promoted to China's National Geopark. When you walking close to Hukou Waterfall, you can feel the magnificent "water from the sky" in the roar: surging yellow water, with the force of a thunderbolt, straight runs down into the cliff, setting off the yellow waves in the sky and shaking the earth. Hukou Waterfall is also a moving waterfall according to Yellow River 's water level.



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