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2 Days Cultural Exploration in Taiyuan

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Taiyuan, Shanxi’s capital owning a long history of over 2,500 years, features with captivating cultural relics. This 2 days tour is the most classic itinerary covering all cultural highlights. You will visit must-be-visited museums and temples to get a wonderful sight of Taiyuan's brilliant history and culture. Moreover, you will make full of your holiday to start your tour after pleasant service of airport / train station pickup directly. The itineraries can be customized according to your needs, so feel free to tell your travel consultant if you want to make any changes.

Highlights of this tour

  • Delve into Shanxi province’s fascinating past while walking through well-organized exhibits at Shanxi Museum;
  • Learn about the development of Chinese coal industry and culture in the Coal Museum of China;
  • Explore the delicately-designed architectural wonders and beautifully sprawling garden in Jinci Temple.

Basic Trip Information

  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
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2 Days and 1 Night
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You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Taiyuan Arrival & Taiyuan City Tour

Welcome to Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province! Upon arrival, the local guide will meet you at the airport or train station.

You will firstly pay an educational visit to Shanxi Museum which enjoys a total collection of more than 500,000 pieces. Rambling in the seven historical & cultural exhibits and five artistic ones, you can thoroughly explore the history of Shanxi from Paleolithic age to modern times as well as its brilliant culture of Buddhism, opera, business and architectures. The most valuable treasures contain Bird-shaped Zun (Wine Vessel) of Jin Marquis, Painted Pottery Pot, Jade Group of the Wife of Jin Marquis, Three-color Glazed Pottery Censer with the Pattern of Lotus Seedpod and Lion, etc.

Next, turn to the Coal Museum of China, the only national-level coal museum. Nicely divided into several sections, the exhibition halls with vivid scenes display the different types of coal, the coal information and past mining practice. More than that, you can experience the working environment of coal workers in the simulated undermine.

After that, move forward to Twin Pagoda Temple, officially known as Yongzuo Temple. It is famous for the two gorgeous brick pagodas which are the tallest set of twin pagodas in China. Dating back to Ming Dynasty (1368~1644), the two pagodas show a strong antique flavor. If you travel Twin Pagoda Temple in April and May, beautiful peony and cloves can be savored. Some of the peony flowers are said to have been planted during Ming Dynasty.

Shanxi Museum Twin Pagoda Temple
Day 2 City Tour & Taiyuan Departure (B)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you at your hotel. The only activity today is to visit Jinci Temple – the top historic site in Taiiyuan. It was firstly built to commemorate Tang Shuyu, the founder of Jin State (1033 B.C. - 376 B.C.) and his mother and then became an imperial garden where religious rites and sporting contests were held. Stepping into this sprawling complex, you will admire the charming natural landscape as well as historical relics like featured architectures, elegant murals and colored sculptures. Sacred Mother Hall is the highlight of whole temple, featuring in elegantly-decorated pillars. Besides this building, you can get awed by the Zhou Cypress which has been growing at an angle of about 30 degrees for the last 900 years (now supported by a tree next to it).

After the tour, transfer back to Taiyuan city and be escorted to the airport or train station to next destination.

Service ends!

Please note: we strongly suggest you to extend your Taiyuan tour to other tourist destinations of Shanxi, especially Pingyao and Datong.

Jinci Temple

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