Taiyuan, a city with over 2500 years’ history, owns many historic and cultural sites like Jinci Temple, Twin Pagoda Temple, and Shanxi Museum, so it is highly recommended to stay a night here to feel the cultural atmosphere and local life in Taiyuan.
As the capital of Shanxi Province, Taiyuan city offers various hotels and hostels from top luxury hotels to comfortable and budget ones. You are most advised to accommodate in downtown area (near Yingze Park), which has better living condition and offers more choices and quick access to the tourist attractions, airport, trains stations and shopping areas. You can also find a hotel near Jinci Temple if you want to spend more time there, but people usually choose to get back to downtown after visiting. Here we have selected some hotels in downtown area and around Jinci Temple for your reference.
Where to Stay in Taiyuan
Taiyuan downtown is the first choice for accommodation because most attractions such as Shanxi Museum, Twin Pagoda Temple and Yingze Park are in downtown and here has a large range of hotels with pleasant living environment. It is near to business streets, night markets, and very convenient to the train stations, airport and relatively far Jinci Temple.
Address: No.169 Jiefang Road, Xinghualing District, Taiyuan, 5 km (20 minutes’ drive) to city center (Yingze Park), 14.5 km (25 minutes’ drive) to Taiyuan South Railway Station, 18.5 km (35 minutes’ drive) to Taiyuan Wusu International Airport.
Surrounding: Longtan Park, Liuxiang Night Market
Taiyuan Wanda Vista Hotel is an excellent choice for your stay in Taiyuan. There are 358 guestrooms with minibars, separate bathtubs, hair dryers, slippers, and complimentary toiletries. It is a family-friendly hotel with children facilities and features a 24 hour front desk, room service, and a concierge, to help make your stay more enjoyable.
Address: No.69 Fuxi Street, Taiyuan, in downtown area, about 16 km (30 minutes’ drive) to Taiyuan South Railway Station, 23 km (35 minutes’ drive) to Taiyuan Wusu International Airport.
Surrounding: Yingze Park, Chunyang Palace
World Trade Hotel is the first 5-star business hotel in Shanxi. It has 398 guestrooms and suites, not including extra 80 apartments. Every guestroom is spacious and comfortable. You can enjoy the prosperous view of Taiyuan from the elegantly and luxuriously decorated view rooms. The luxury facilities, stylish decoration and consistent management, excellent service make it a good place to stay for both leisure and business travelers.
Address: No.5 Xinjian South Road, Yingze District, Taiyuan, in downtown area, about 13 km (25 minutes’ drive) to Taiyuan South Railway Station, 17 km (30 minutes’ drive) to Taiyuan Wusu International Airport.
Surrounding: Yingze Park, Shanxi Museum
Shanxi Grand Hotel has over 160 rooms including standard rooms, single rooms, executive suites, superior rooms, business rooms, etc. Guests could enjoy free wifi in the room and public area. Other facilities include a disco hall, a bowling alley, billiards, modern electronically game room, an indoor swimming pool, a health center, a massage parlor, a sauna room and a beauty salon. It is a nice 4-star hotel for a comfortable stay.
Address: No.21 Chunyanggong, Yingze District, Taiyuan, 1.5 km to city center (Yingze Park), 11 km (20 minutes’ drive) to Taiyuan South Railway Station, 15 km (30 minutes’ drive) to Taiyuan Wusu International Airport.
Surrounding: Yingze Park, Wuyi Square, Chuanyang Palace
Shanxi Hotel catches tourists’ eyes with its traditional Chinese style architecture, which look extremely beautiful at night. It also enjoys favorable location and satisfactory facilities with about 300 rooms. Guests here can enjoy services such as wifi, breakfast, luggage storage, laundry service, children facilities, 24-hour front desk, portal service, etc.
Address: No.9 Yingze Main Street, Yingze District, Taiyuan, in downtown area, 15 km (25 minutes’ drive) from Taiyuan Wusu International Airport.
Surrounding: Yingze Park, Wuyi Square
Shanxi Huayuan Hotel is an international 3 star standard hotel in Taiyuan, a very budget hotel with reasonable price. Huayuan Hotel has about 200 guestrooms, including standard, triple, single rooms, executive suite, etc. Besides, guests could enjoy a wide variety of Chinese cuisine and western food. Convenient transportation, friendly staff, comfortable rooms, budget price are the main reasons to stay in Huayuan Hotel.
As the highlight of Taiyuan, Jinci Temple is a must-see attraction. It is about 26 km to the southwest of Taiyuan downtown and covers a vast area. Therefore, some tourists will stay a night nearby to save more time exploring this place. Except for 5-star Jinci Hotel, other hotels here are most budget homestays with basic accommodation facilities.
Address: No.669 Jinci Tourism Resort, Jinyuan District, Taiyuan, only about 1 km from Jinci Temple
Surrounding: Jinci Temple
Built in 1957, Shanxi Jinci Hotel is the only state-owned hotel in Shanxi Province and has received hundreds of state leaders, celebrities and foreign heads of state. With a green coverage rate of 70%, the unique royal garden features and villa architectural style, the hotel has won the reputation of "garden villa". There are about 350 rooms in total. Complete facilities and services such as free wifi, breakfast, swimming pool, fitness room, and tennis court are provided.
Best time to visit Taiyuan: April ~ October when the weather is agreeable with comfortable temperature and not much rain.
How to get to Taiyuan: High speed train from Beijing (3 hrs), Xian (3-4 hrs), Pingyao (40min), etc. and flights from Beijing (1.5h), Shanghai (2.5h), Chongqing (2h), Chengdu (2h10min), Wuhan (2h), etc.
It usually needs 1-2 days to cover the highlights of Taiyuan. Most attractions in Taiyuan are cultural and historical sites such as Jinci Temple - earliest royal ancestral temple garden building complex in China, Chongshan Temple - Buddhist temple with precious original sutras, Twin Pagoda Temple - symbol of Taiyuan, Shanxi Museum - rich collections telling the history and achievements of Shanxi in the past thousands of years, and The Coal Museum of China - the only national coal museum showing you the development of Chinese coal industry and culture. Apart from Jinci Temple which is about 26 km to downtown, the other attractions are in city center with convenient transportation.
As an important transfer hub in central Shanxi, Taiyuan is always travelled with other tourist destinations in Shanxi such as Datong (Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Temple), world heritage site Pingyao Ancient City, sacred Buddhist mountain Mount Wutai, and magnificent Hukou Waterfall.
If you have more days and want to travel outside Shanxi, it is highly recommended to extend your tour to capital Beijing (Great Wall, Forbidden City), time-honored Xi’an (Terracotta Warriors), and modern metropolis Shanghai (the Bund).
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