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  • Fast train/Gao tie to and from Pingyao

    Pingyao Transportation

    The first time I travelled to Pingyao was last year, February 2014, by bus which were quite frequent leaving Xian but took about 8 hours and dropped my friend and I beside the highway where a couple of taxis were waiting to take us into Pingyao for 20 yuan (ie the old town or Gu Cheng, which is pretty much the only reason tourists go there...

  • The old Cheng Jia yard folk custom...

    Pingyao Hotels

    No.125 North Main Street, Gutao Town, Pingyao County, Shanxi, 031100, China

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Day trip to Wang Family's Castle

    Pingyao Things to Do

    This is usually visited on an excursion from Pingyao that includes a visit to Zhangbi's Undrground Castle.My friend and I really enjoyed visiting this castle...especially being able to walk around the top of the walls surrounding the main complex. Covering a huge area with a vast number of rooms and sectioned areas this was like a family's own...



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  • Taiyuan Railway Station

    Taiyuan Transportation

    Tiayuan Railway Station is an important railway station for Shanxi Province, as more than 20 trains from big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Chengdu, Baotou, and other large cities into this station everyday. Now, the speed rails from Beijing West takes less than 4 hours to reach this city. Taiyuan-Jiaozhou lines and Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan...

  • Dational Defence Hotel

    Taiyuan Hotels

    I was expecting to see a load of army guys in uniform when I walked through the entrance of this...

  • Taxi from airport to the city center

    Taiyuan Transportation

    If you plan to take taxi from airport to the city, then go to the departure level (upper), grab a taxi that drops off customers to airport, taxi from upper level will have meter on, it took 53 yuan for us to the hotel in city center (some traffic jam). Was told taxi from arrival level will ask for 80-100yuan to take you to the center, they won't...



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  • General Facts

    Datong Favorites

    The population in Datong is 2,82 million, where of Datong City has 1,1 milion inhabitants. Datong is divided into seven counties (县), 154 towns (镇) and 2283 villages (自然村) (李彬 2001).Datong is an important industry and mining town, especially having large coal resources. Unfourtenately this also means...

  • Garden Hotel Datong

    Datong Hotels

    The non-smoking room is excellent.and the free fruit in the room and some drinks.the room is...

  • City Wall

    Datong Things to Do

    The city wall of datong has not been torn down, but for many many years it was just not noticed. Now the former mayor from the old city of Pingyao is mayor of Datong and wants to develop Datong into a nice historical city, bigger than Pingyao but as beautiful.The city wall is from the 14th century Ming-Dynastie.



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    Mianshan Mtn, near Jiexiu

    by SandiM Written Oct 4, 2011

    An hour's drive from Jiexiu, Mianshan Mountain is a tourist spot built into the side of the cliff in the mountains. It is famous for Lord Jie, retainer to the emperor in long ago China. The story I heard was that when a King and his faithful retainer had to flee the capital due to unrest, they hid out in these mountains. Hungry, Lord Jie sliced off a piece of his leg and offered it to his King to eat. When the King eventually regained his throne, he asked Lord Jie to return to his post. Lord Jie had had enough of court and refused to come, instead retreating to Mianshan Mountain with his mother to live. The King chased after him into the mountains, and after getting some advice from a crooked court official, set fire to the mountains to try to smoke him out. Lord Jie and his mother perished, his remains are buried at the top of the mountain. Hence after, they hold a yearly Cold Food Festival in honor of Lord Jie who cut off part of his leg for his King. The town, Jiexiu, is named after Lord Jie. This if probably not the full story, but I cannot read Chinese so this is all I can remember (great story though!). There are around 5 or 6 hotels in the area, and Yungfeng Hotel is the best for foreigners (they speak excellent English there). I stayed at the ShuiTao Xingu Hotel, which is lovely and faces a beautiful waterfall, but we couldn't communicate too well with them as they spoke mainly Mandarin (but we communicated through translations on babelfish/computer). There is so much to do here, you need at least 2-3 days to explore the area. We did it by ourselves, and managed to get by with a mixture of walking, hiking, and some taxi-taking. I heard there was supposed to be a shuttle bus between the various scenic areas, but we couldn't figure out which bus it was (there were so many!). It's worth it to go, and we'll be back to see it again.

    Mianshan Mountain, Jiexiu Shui Tao Valley of Waterfalls, Mianshan Mountain Hanging ladders of Qixia Valley, Mianshan Mountain
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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  • The burrial site

    Wutaishan Off The Beaten Path

    Coming back from the whole day of ‘templing’ we strayed away from the path leading from Cifu Si towards the village of Taihuai. On the forest foothills west of the village we came upon local cemetery – white pagodas of different sizes spread on the terraces in the forest. Just near by there was a group of locals burning a bonfire, sitting next to...

  • Mountain hiking

    Wutaishan Things to Do

    In addition to the temples and shrines, Wutai Shan has a beautiful and fascinating landscape and many hiking trails revealing serene mountain scenery. Most of the trails are leading to the near by or far away peaks and monasteries and are used mostly by locals.Hiking the mountains surrounding the valley is relaxing, kind of meditative and also a...

  • Temple hopping

    Wutaishan Things to Do

    Taihuai is the central town in the Wutai Shan area. It is basically a larger village with more and more hotels erratically spreading through the valley. The main attractions are many Buddhist temples and monasteries located in the town itself and surrounding mountain peaks. In addition to the temples there is a beautiful and fascinating landscape...


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