Taiyuan Travel Guide

Taiyuan Travel Guide


Shanxi Province MapPlan Taiyuan Tour ? We are glad to introduce Taiyuan travel informations for you.Taiyuan is the capital of North China's Shanxi Province. Bounded on three sides by mountains, Taiyuan has a 2500-year history and in ancient times was an important military town. Now it is one of China's heavy industrial cities and accounts for more than half the national coal mining output.

Taiyuan Facts

English Name: Taiyuan
Chinese Name: 太原(tāi yuán)
Population: 4.2 million
Location: Central Shanxi Province, north China
Urban Land Area: 6,988 sq km 
Postal Code: 030000
Area Code: 0351


History of Taiyuan

As the capital of Shanxi Province, the history of Taiyuan could be traced back 2,500 years ago with its emergence during the Spring and Autumn Period. Taiiyuan was named Jinyang or Bing for short during ancient times.
Taiyuan played an important role in terms of Chinese history. It was once a prefecture in Qing Period, a state in the Western Han. During the five Dynasties, Taiyuan was the capital of Later Tang, Later Jin, Later Han and Northern Han. Taiyuan functioned as the producer of coal that supported the rapid industrial growth.
With over 2000 years of history, the city has enjoyed a reputation as a military fortress of Northern China because of the mountains and rivers that shielded the area. In addition, the ancient city was always referred to as the 'Dragon City' because it was the birthplace of many emperors.


What to see in Taiyuan ?

Top Attractions in Taiyuan

Taiyuan city also has a wealth of attractions and notably among these is the Jinci Temple. This is the city's most attractive temple although the Shuangta Si (Twin-Pagoda Temple) has become a symbol of the city on account of its unique architecture. Another major attraction is the Tianlong Shan Stone Caves where magnificent sculptures dating from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) may be seen.


                                          Jinci Temple                                   Twin Pogoda Temple

                    Wutai Mountain Scenic Area                                                                             Chongshan Monastery 


Shanxi Taiyuan International Folk Arts Festival
Initiated in 1991, the festival is held annually in September, and every other year in Taiyuan. Groups from Russia, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Inner Mongolia attend the festival and perform for audiences. Within the festival, an exhibition of fine arts, painting, paper-cutting, sculpture, drama, acrobatic and the culture of costume will open your eyes to a wealth of international folk culture.


When to visit Taiyuan ?

Taiyuan enjoys a continental climate with the annual average temperature is 9.3℃. Winter here is cold and summer is sweltering dry. The best time to visit Tayuan is between May and October. Since Taiyuan is also a mining city, it is also woth taking along something to clean your face.


How to get there?

Taiyuan benefits from convenient public transport systems as the city is the provincial transportation hub.

By Air: Taiyuan Airport, located in the southern suburb, 18km away from the downtown offers direct flights between Taiyuan and most big cities in China such as Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guilin, Nanjing, Shenyang, Xian and so on.
By Railway: Railway in Taiyuan connects  tens of major cities, for example, Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chengdu, Baotou, etc. The railways running through or ending in Taiyuan are more than 20..
By Highway: aiyuan is located in the center of Shanxi, and it has perfect roads system. There are five major long-distance bus stations, which are Provincial Bus Station, East Station, West Station, Jiannan Bus Station and Yingbin Bus Station

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