Taiyuan

About Taiyuan Travel

Introduction:        Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi Province, was called Jinyang in ancient times or Bing for short. It is also called Bingzhou. With an altitude..

Districts: Taiyuan Datong Jinzhong Pingyao Jincheng Changzhi Gujiao Jiexiu Lishi Linfen Pu Shuozhou Wutaishan Wu Xiaoyi Xinzhou Yangquan Yongji Yuncheng

Attractions: Longshan Grottoes Taishan Temple Shanxi Museum Jinci Park Twin Pagoda Temple The Child Temple Lantern pagoda The Dou Grand Censor Shrine Chunyang Palace Taiyuan Zoo Yuci old town

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Taiyuan Introduction

        Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi Province, was called Jinyang in ancient times or Bing for short. It is also called Bingzhou. With an altitude of about 800 meters, Taiyuan is adjacent to Fenhe River and bounded o­n three sides by mountains. Taiyuan is the political, economic, cultural, educational, technological, and informational center of the whole Shanxi province. The supporting industries of Taiyuan are metallurgy, mechanism, chemistry and coal. Mainly exporting energy, raw material and mine mechanism products, Taiyuan is also an important heavy industrial city in China. Meanwhile, with a history of 2,400 years, Taiyuan used to be the military fortress town in North China, enjoying the reputation of the northern gate of the Central Plain, so it is an important place that militarists are longing for.
       Taiyuan has abundant natural resources, especially the mineral o­nes. It enjoys the reputation of “The Hometown of Coal and Iron”. Among the numerous mineral resources in Taiyuan, the reserves of coal, iron and gypsum are the most. The high quality of the mineral resources is enjoying high reputation.
       Taiyuan has much cultural scenery. The scenery of ancient classical garden Jinci Temple is beautiful with many cultural relics. The Zhou cypresses, Never Aging Spring, and the Lady's-maid Statue of Song Dynasty (960 - 1279) are the three great things of Jinci Temple, which have high artistic value. Tianlongshan Grotto includes the works of the Eastern Wei Dynasty (534- 550), Northern Qi Period (A.D 557), Sui Dynasty (581 -618), Tang Dynasty (618 -907) and Five Dynasties (907-960). It is a good place to appreciate the artistic charm of the Chinese grottos. Longshan Grotto is the biggest and best well-preserved Taoism grotto complex in Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). The symbols of Taiyuan, Twin Pagoda Temple, Chongshan Temple, sculptured with eleven-faced Kwan-yin with thousands of hands and eyes, and Shanxi Museum, which exhibits the rare bronze goblets of the Yin Dynasty (1766 B.C. -1122 B.C.), are all ideal places for sightseeing.
      The folk cultural activities in Taiyuan are rich and colorful. The Jin opera is a typical o­ne among them. Jin opera is also called the middle bangzi opera; it is the representative opera of Shanxi province and the four great bangzis in Shanxi. For the reason that it is active in the central of Shanxi province, especially in Taiyuan and Jinzhong and it is always welcomed by the people in the central part of Shanxi province, people call it central Jin opera. The rhythm of central Jin opera is euphemistical and smooth; the melody is beautiful, mellow and genial; in particular, the spoken parts in central Jin opera are clear. So the central Jin opera is full of full-bodied local traits of the central place of Shanxi and its own special characteristics and styles.

Taiyuan Traffic

Aviation:
Wusu Airport of Taiyuan lies in the south of the suburb, 18 kilometers from the downtown area of Taiyuan. There are direct flights to most large or medium sized cities of the country, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chengdu, Guilin, Nanjing, Shengyang, Xi’an and others.
Transportation: there are no fixed civil buses from the downtown area of Taiyuan to its airport; the most convenient way is to take a taxi, 30 minutes drive from the downtown area will arrive to the airport. The fare is about fifty Yuan.
The ticket office of China East Aviation Company (NO. 15 Yingze Street) Tel: 0351-4042903
The ticket office of Shanxi Hualv Aviation Service Company (NO. 12 the south of Xinjian Road) Tel: 0351-4031678
The ticket office of Shanxi Waifu Aviation Company (NO. 380 Yingze Street) Tel: 0351-4016383
The ticket office of Shanxi Tongbao Aviation Company (NO. 188 Bingzhou Road) Tel: 0351-4930508
Information telephone of Shanxi Aviation Company: 0351-96566
Telephone of the ticket office of Shanxi Aviation Company: 0351-4047178
Telephone of the ticket office of Taiyuan of the branch of China East Aviation Company in Shanxi: 0351-8008061333
Information telephone: 0351-3197399

Railway:
Taiyuan is the end point of Beijing-Taiyuan Railway and Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan Railway as well as the start place of Taiyuan-Jiaozuo Railway. It connects ten large or medium sized cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chengdu, Baotou and others. There are more than 20 expresses that pass by Taiyuan or end in Taiyuan every day.
Transportation: NO.1, 6, 10, 21, 102, 601 buses can take you to the railway station in the city, the transportation is very convenient.
The automatic information telephone of the Taiyuan Railway Station: 0351-4182913、2232968
The booking telephone of the Taiyuan Railway Station: 0351-2233611、0351-2233622
Complain Telephone of the Taiyuan Railway Station: 0351-2633602


Highway:
Taiyuan lies in the middle part of Jin, so the system of the highway is complete. Taimao, Taishi highways go through the entire city, which make the long-distance passenger transport in Taiyuan very convenient.
Currently, there are five large long-distance passenger transport stations in Taiyuan, namely, the Provincial Coach Station, the East Coach Station, the West Coach Station, Jiannan Coach Station and Yingbin Coach Station.

The Provincial Coach Station is near the railway station, lies in No.72 of Yingze Street. It mainly transports the long-distance coaches that go to Beijing, Shijiazhuang and other big cities in Shanxi province.
Information telephone: 0351-4139972.

Taiyuan Jiannan Coach Station lies in the south of Jianshe Road; it mainly transports the long-distance coaches that go to the cities of other province and the counties and towns of Shanxi province.
Information telephone: 0351-7071191.
Booking telephone Number: 0351-7071219.

Taiyuan Yingbin Coach Station is in Yingbin Road of the downtown area of Taiyuan, it mainly delivers the coaches that go outside of Shanxi province.
Information telephone: 0351-7056214

Taiyuan East Coach Station and West Coach Station are also important coach stations in Taiyuan, they all deliver coaches to Beijing and other places.
Information telephone of the West Coach Station: 0351-6330571

Internal Transportation:
Taiyuan has a perfect bus system, the available 67 bus lines can deliver you to every place of the downtown. So, it is very convenient. Most bus fares are o­ne Yuan; some buses that go a long way have different prices. People can also take NO.308 bus (a private bus); the bus fare is two yuan per person.
Hotline of Taiyuan Bus Company: 0351-7249876

Taxi:
There are more than 8,300 taxis in Taiyuan, the starting price is seven Yuan (including four kilometers), afterwards, o­ne Yuan per kilometer. The types of the taxis are mainly Jieda or Fukang.

Taiyuan Festivals

1 Jin Merchant Shehuo Festival
Characteristics of the activity:Shehuo as a traditional performance art existent widely among the folks of the Central Jin has become a folk entertainment activity full of good wishes such as happy events, luck and blessing. Its main activity items include appreciating festive lanterns of ancient Pingyao city, hanging auspicious bells o­n marvelous Mianshan Mountain and holding Shehuo in the Wangs’ grand courtyard house.
Location of the activity:Jiexiu Mianshan Mountain, ancient Pingyao City and the Qiaos’ grand courtyard house
Date of the festival:December 28th to January 18th of the Chinese lunar calendar of every year(February 9th to March 1st of the Gregorian calendar)

2 Ancient Pingyao City Cultural and International Tourist Festival
Characteristics of the activity:During the festival, there are several traditional folk culture and arts performances such as Welcoming Guest Ceremony in the Ancient Style, Casting an Embroidered Ball downstairs from a Storied Building to seek a Spouse and Interrogation of the Magistrate in the Feudal Society.
Location of the activity:The main meeting place is not fixed every year.
Date of the festival:It starts from June 9th of every year.

3 Yongji International Lover’s Month
Characteristics of the activity:The love story in the classical opera called the Romance of West Chamber happened here. Hence, this ancient temple with a history of o­ne thousand years become a tourist attraction enjoying a great reputation at and abroad.    
Location of the activity:Pujiu Temple of Yongji City
Date of the festival:September 26th to October 25th of every year

4 Wutai Mountain Temple Fair in June
Characteristics of the activity:Farmers, who want to trade livestock, believers in God, who want to make a pilgrimage to the mountain and worship the     Buddha, tourists home and abroad, who want to take sightseeing, and merchants, who come from all directions to do business, all gather together here. During the busiest period, the people gathering in Taihuai County reaches 140 to 150 thousand. There are also some colorful culture and arts programs at intervals.
Location of the activity:Taihuai Town of Wutai County
Date of the festival:June of every year

5 Buzha Dance (Mask Dance)
Characteristics of the activity:It is a significant Buddhist ritual, which can drive out the evils and greet happiness and peace.  
Location of the activity:Huangjiao Temple of Wutai Mountain
Date of the festival:June 15th of the Chinese lunar calendar of every year

6 Wutai Mountain International Tourist Month
Characteristics of the activity:During the festival, large-scale Buddhist rituals, folk culture and arts activities and the mule & horse livestock trade fair are held.
Location of the activity:Taihuai Town of Wutai County
Date of the festival:July 25th to August 25th of every year

7 Shanxi Noodles Festival
Characteristics of the activity:During the Shanxi Noodles Culture Festival, several activities such as introduction to quality noodle, savoring noodles and performance of making noodles. 
Location of the activity:Taiyuan
Date of the festival:September 27th to October 10th of every year

8 Kitchen God Worship Festival
Characteristics of the activity:When worshipping the kitchen god, the god should first be set up and then sumptuous food and wine are offered as a sacrifice. Cooking vessels, chopping blocks, bamboo containers are also set. Moreover, there is a ceremony of welcoming corpses.
Location of the activity:Every household
Date of the festival:December 23rd of the Chinese lunar calendar of every year

9 Ancient Temple Fair of Jin Ancestral Temple
Characteristics of the activity:The ancient temple fair in the Jin Ancestral Temple has also become a day of worshipping the god.
Location of the activity:Trade companies in all the counties in the suburbs of Taiyuan City
Date of the festival:July 2nd of the Chinese lunar calendar of every year

Taiyuan Service Telephones

Taiyuan Travel Bureau: 0351-3232672

Taiyuan Hotels

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