- Encounters with locals
- Art & Culture
A one time military stronghold, capital of the realm, state and even the empire, this town is one of Northern China's major economic and commercial hubs. Surrounded by mountains and crossed by the River Fen, Taiyuan is worth a detour if you'd like to explore its historical sites and industrial heritage.
The town has only recently developed its cultural side, as industry had always taken a front seat. But, in recent years, it has worked on creating its own tourist appeal and invested in associated structures.
It's no longer just a departure point for visiting Datong, Pingyao, monasteries, the Shanxi mountains and so forth. It has come into its own as a popular tourist destination. Places not to miss are the Shuangta si and Jinci Twin Pagodas alongside Mount Tianlong's caves. Taiyuan is also well known for it's flour based cuisine...its specialities include vinegar flavored Shanxi noodles.