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Shanxi is also known for having the largest number of historical buildings among all Chinese provinces, possessing over 70% of China’s surviving buildings built during or predating the Song dynasty. It just lies between Beijing and Xi’an, which makes it the best connecting destination for travelers who want an extra stop before going to Xi’an.

For travelers who love history and ancient buildings, Shanxi is the best destination. Usually, we recommend two cross-land tours to our clients: first, a highlight tour visiting Datong, Wutaishan, and Pingyao; and the second, a panoramic tour from the north to the south of the provinces, Datong, Wutaishan, Pingyao, Linfen, Yuncheng and then going to Mount Huashan and Xi’an.

For luxury travelers, Shanxi is not a highly developed province like Beijing or Shanghai. There are international hotels in some cities, such as InterConitinental Taiyuan and Pullman Taiyuan, Marriott Hotel in Wutaishan, and Novotel in Yuncheng. In cities like Datong and Pingyao, local boutique hotels like Jing’s Residence and Yunjincheng Mansion in Pingyao, and Yunzhong Traditional Courtyard in Datong are the best choices.
— Your China Specialists

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Basic Information

Shanxi is a landlocked province of the People’s Republic of China and is part of the North China region. The province’s capital and largest city is Taiyuan, while its next most populated prefecture-level cities are Changzhi and Datong. Its one-character abbreviation is “晋”, after the state of Jin that existed there during the Spring and Autumn period.

The name Shanxi means “West of the Mountains,” a reference to the province’s west of the Taihang Mountains. Shanxi borders Hebei to the east, Henan to the south, Shaanxi to the west, and Inner Mongolia to the north. Shanxi’s terrain is characterized by a plateau bounded partly by mountain ranges. Shanxi’s culture is largely dominated by the ethnic Han majority, who make up over 99% of its population. Jin Chinese is considered by some linguists to be a distinct language from Mandarin, and its geographical range covers most of Shanxi. Both Jin and Mandarin are spoken in Shanxi.

Shanxi is known for its abundance of heritage sites. There are 3 World Cultural Heritage sites in the province, namely Pingyao, Yungang Grottoes, and Mount Wutai, 6 places “National Key Scenic Spots,” 6 “National historical and cultural cities,” 7 “National historical and cultural towns” and 23 “National historical and cultural villages.” It also possesses 452 Major Historical and Cultural Sites Protected at the National Level, which is by far the greatest among all Chinese provinces.

Source: Wikipedia

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