Taiyuan, the capital city of north China's Shanxi Province, is famous as the City of Coal and Iron in China. With a history of 2500 years, Taiyuan used to be the military fortress town in North China, enjoying the reputation of the Northern Gate to Central China. It is very convenient to reach other places of Shanxi Province from Taiyuan, such as Pingyao Ancient Town and Datong. See Taiyuan Transportation
Taiyuan is not only can be a transfer station to other places of Shanxi Province. If your time permits, it is really worth a one-day tour. Rich history endowed Taiyuan with abundant of historical relics, such as Jinci Temple built in North Wei Dynasty which is highlights at Zhou cypresses, Never Aging Spring, and the Lady's-maid Statue of Song Dynasty;Tianlongshan Grottoes, a good place to appreciate the artistic charm of the Chinese grottos; Longshan Grotto, the biggest and best well-preserved Taoism grotto complex in Yuan Dynasty; the symbols of Taiyuan, Twin Pagoda Temple; Chongshan Temple, which houses a eleven-face Kwan-yin with thousands of hands and eyes, and Shanxi Museum, which exhibits the rare bronze goblets of the Yin Dynasty. Design Your Own Tour to Taiyuan.