Also well-known for its incredibly beautiful murals, Qinglong Temple is not that famous as Yongle Palace. According to the legend, the murals of the two temples are from the same painter. Qinglong Temple is just across the street from Macun Carved Brick Tomb, and unlike in Yongle Palace, you can see the murals from a very short distance.
Among the famous manors in Shanxi Province, Li Family Manor is not the most popular one, yet it is the best-preserved and most original one, also the most beautiful one. Far away from the popular travel destinations of Shanxi Province, such as Datong, Wutaishan, and Pingyao, but if you are in Yuncheng, do not miss it.
Among the only three surviving buildings of the Tang Dynasty, Guangrenwang Temple is the oldest one, a temple hidden in a small village called Longquan, which used to be the temple built for the local farmers to pray for rains to the Dragon King.
Feiyun Pavilion is located in Dongyue Temple of Wanrong County, is known as “China’s NO. 1 Wooden Pavilion” because of its exquisite appearance and complicated structure.
Dikeng Underground Courtyard, also known as villages under the horizon, is a unique residential style in China, even in the world. Nowadays, after the rapid development of all the Chinese cities, the local villagers do not live in the traditional underground courtyard. In 2016, The local government converted the village into a tourist attraction, but still an interesting place.
Yuncheng Salt Lake, known as China’s Dead Sea, is the largest natural salt lake in Yuncheng. The best way to enjoy the stunning view of the salt lake is from above, remember to take your drone! In the summertime, do not forget to take your swimming suits, there is a swimming area where you can float in China’s Dead Sea.
Huayan Temple is a Liao-Jin temple complex that has been well preserved in China. Mr. Liang Sicheng, a famous Chinese architect and architectural historian, named the temple one of the Southern and Northern Dynasties’ Buddhist art centers. For ancient Chinese architecture lovers, this temple is a must-visit place to know more about the early dynasty’s wooden architecture.
The current Datong City Wall was originally built over 600 years ago and renovated in 2008. The wall is wide enough for people to ride a bike. The best time to visit the wall is at night when the lights are turned on. And you can enjoy the stunning view of the wall and the city itself.
Nine-Dragon Wall in Datong is one of the only three existing dragon walls in China. It is located in a courtyard with a small entrance close to the Datong Grand Mosque. Look carefully and don’t miss the gate.
Similar to Huayan Temple, Shanhua Temple is one of the most complete and largest temple complexes in China during the Liao and Jin Dynasties. It has a history of nearly a thousand years. Although the Five Dragon Wall in the temple is not as large as the Nine-Dragon Wall of Datong, it is exquisite and worth seeing.