Epitomizing ancient culture, the province of Shanxi is known for its natural beauty and gamut of tourist attractions.
Shanxi- location and area
Located on the western side of the Taihang Mountains, Shanxi is known as one of the sites
The mountain ranges of Shanxi include the Hengshan and Wutai in the north, the Zhongtiao Mountains in the south the Luliang Mountains in the west, the Taihang Mountains in the east, and the Taiyue Mountains at the center. The province of Shanxi is characterized by six large basins namely Linfen, Xinzhou, Changzhi, Datong, Taiyuan and Yuncheng and numerous other smaller ones.
Shanxi- rivers and climate
The Yellow River and the Haihe River as well as their tributaries and dis-tributaries drain the Shanxi province of China. The climate of Shanxi, influenced by the location, the topography and the high altitude, is characterized by long dry winters. The best time to visit this Chinese province is from May to October.
Shanxi demography and cities
The total population of Shanxi was 32 million as per the 2005 census. Home to various ethnic communities, Shanxi population is dominated by the Han Chinese ethnic group. The capital of Shanxi is Taiyuan city. Some other important cities of the province include Hanzhong, Xianyang, Ankang, Baoji, Lintong, Tongchuan and so on.
Shanxi travel is one of the favorite options while on a trip to China. The Yunchang Airport in Shanxi connects the province with other areas of the country. The road and railways of Shangxi provide transportation links within the province.
Tourism in Shanxi
The numerous tourist attractions of the province makes Shanxi Tourism a fast developing sector of the economy. The famous places to visit while in Shanxi include the following:
- Natural attractions- The picturesque Wutai Mountains, the sacred Mt Hengshan and the scenic Hukou or Yellow River's Kattle Spout Waterfalls are the major tourist spots of Shanxi.
- Cultural attractions- Referred to as the 'Chinese Ancient Architecture Museum', the province of Shanxi houses several age-old structures. Some of the cultural attractions include the Pingyao city, the Shuanglin and Jinci temples, the Wooden Pagoda in Yingxian County and the Yungang Grottoes.
The hotels in Shanxi ensure travelers luxurious accommodation facilities. Located chiefly in the cities, the list of Shanxi hotels include names World Trade Hotel, Pingyao Yide Hotel, Shanxi Yingze Hotel, Garden Hotel, Yungang International Hotel and others.