Shanxi Province 山西省: A journey through the cradle of Chinese culture

Shanxi Province 山西省

Yungang Caves nearDatong
Yungang Caves 云冈石窟 near Datong大同

 

Our last two trips to China have taken us to the North-Western province of Shanxi. We’ll be posting a series of articles that look at some of the most spectacular sites Shanxi has to offer.

Temple  Land at Wutai Shan
Temple Land at Wutai Shan 五台山

We’ll be recommending what to see and do in places that range from the amazing cave art of the Yungang Grottoes云冈石窟 near Datong 大同 and the temple- studded mountains of Wutai Shan 五台山 to more remote places like Qikou 碛口, a Ming dynasty village on the Yellow river, the cave houses of Lijiashan 李家山, or the castles near the bustling city of Jincheng 晋城.

Grilled Squid at Taiyuan-s wonderful night market
Grilled Squid and lamb at Taiyuan-s wonderful night market

Pingyao 平遥 won’t be forgotten. We’ve now visited this wonderful city 3 times since 2001. There will be a comprehensive review of all the incredible things to see and do in and around this unique historical city.

Shanxi Opera in Pingyao
Shanxi Opera in Pingyao 平遥

For now, here are a few photos to whet you appetite.

Cave dwellings at Lijiashan
Cave dwellings at Lijiashan 李家山

Our first article will be on Datong and the Yungang Caves.

Chilling out with a cold beer by the Yellow River at Qikou
Chilling out with a cold beer by the Yellow River at Qikou 碛口

 

Watch Tower at the ancient village of Guoyu
Watch Tower at the ancient village of Guoyu 郭峪古城
Local Fried Dumplings in Pingyao
Local Fried Dumplings in Pingyao
Amazing Yuan dynasty Pagodas in Jincheng Countryside
Amazing Yuan dynasty Pagodas in Jincheng Countryside
The great walls of Pingyao
The great walls of Pingyao
Ancient walled Castle Towns near Jincheng
Ancient walled Castle Towns near Jincheng 晋城

Author: Adam

My name is Adam. I have a degree in Chinese History from SOAS and a masters in International Politics focused on China from the same university. I have travelled around China 9 times and since 2000 I have travelled every year for two months. I guess I kind of like the place!

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