Attractions

Top Choice Cave in Dàtóng

Yúngāng Caves

One of China’s most supreme examples of Buddhist cave art, these 5th-century caves are simply magnificent. With 51,000 ancient statues and celestial beings, they put virtually everything else in the Shānxī shade. Ca…
Top Choice Mountain in Píngyáo

Mián Shān

With vertiginous and dizzying cliffs alongside a deep gorge, this astonishing mountain area is a splendid day trip from Píngyáo. Lined with precariously perched temple architecture, scenic gully walks and breathtaki…
Top Choice Ruins in Dàtóng

Bā Táizi

Alongside magnificently dilapidated earthen sections of the Great Wall that disappear over the top of Horsehead Hill (马头山; Mǎtóu Shān), a fabulous Gothic church ruin is quite a sight. All that remains of the Holy Mo…
Top Choice Courtyard in Shānxī

Qiao Family Courtyard

This 18th-century complex of courtyards is one of the finest remaining examples of a traditional private residence in all of China. Once home to a celebrated merchant, it’s an austere (yet compelling) maze of doorwa…
Top Choice Buddhist Site in Wǔtái Shān

Tǎyuàn Temple

At the base of Spirit Vulture Peak (灵鹫峰; Língjiù Fēng), the distinctive white stupa rising above, Tǎyuàn Temple is the most prominent landmark in Wǔtái Shān and virtually all pilgrims pass through here to spin the p…
Top Choice Buddhist Site in Píngyáo

Zhènguó Temple

While not as famous as Shuānglín Temple, Zhènguó Temple also houses a magnificent collection of old halls and ancient statues. Don't miss the still-living 1000-year-old Dragon Scholar Tree. The incredible Hall of th…
Top Choice Buddhist Site in Píngyáo

Shuānglín Temple

Within easy reach of Píngyáo, this astonishing Buddhist temple houses many incredibly rare, intricately carved Tang, Song and Yuan painted statues. Rebuilt in 1571, it’s an impressive complex of ancient halls: the i…
Top Choice Church in Tàiyuán

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

This quite astonishing sight along Jiefang Lu is worth going out of your way to explore. Built in 1870, the neoclassical house of worship was badly damaged during the Boxer Rebellion but today stands magnificently a…
Top Choice Walls in Dàtóng

Nine Dragon Screen

With its nine beautiful multicoloured coiling dragons, this 45.5m-long, 8m-high and 2m-thick Ming dynasty spirit wall was built in 1392. One of the finest in China (there are two more in Běijīng), it’s the largest g…
Top Choice Fortress in Dàtóng

Dàtóng City Wall

This incredible city wall has been rebuilt from the soles up in what must be one of the greatest feats of engineering to hit Dàtóng since, well, since the last time it was built. Prior to the rebuild, the wall had b…