As well as being blessed with rich Shanxi cultural heritage—featuring numerous historic sites and outdoor attractions such as Jinci Temple, Jinyang Lake Park and the ancient city of Pingyao—Taiyuan is a thoroughly modern metropolis buzzing with new industry and high-tech studios.
Casual eatery specializing in traditional Shanxi Cuisine. Famed for its medicinal Tou-nao yam, mutton, lotus root and wheat-flour porridge, created by famous Ming dynasty artist and doctor Fu Shan for his mother, and served on winter mornings.
Bustling Liuxiang or ‘Willow Alley’ has been Taiyuan’s commercial hub for over 300 years, housing stores, one of China’s biggest night markets and a 500m-long food street. Try the Dan-dan noodles, Xinjiang lamb skewers and Lanzhou hand-pulled ramen.
Opened in July 2019, the 19.3-sqm Jinyang Lake Park is the largest of its kind in northern China, offering 30 scenic spots around the 5.7 sq km lake as well as a sports park, sandy bathing area, vast children’s playground and live water performances.
At the base of Xuanweng Mountain, Jinci Temple honors Shu Yu, founder of the State of Tang. Established 1,400 years ago, the complex has expanded over the centuries, resulting in a diverse collection of buildings, terraces, bridges and sculptures.
First recorded circa 800BC, Pingyao is a Unesco World Heritage site and 5A-class tourist attraction, famed for its well-preserved Ming and Qing architecture. It comprises over 100 lanes and nearly 4,000 17–19th-century shops and homes.
‘Wutaishan’ is one of four sacred Buddhist mountains in China. Comprising five flat peaks with 53 monasteries and some of China’s oldest wooden buildings, Mount Wutai is a Unesco World Heritage site and 5A-class tourist attraction.