Yúcì Ancient City


A favourite location for Chinese film producers, there are more than 400 rooms and halls to explore in the preserved section of this Ming town. You can walk the streets and some of the gardens for free, but you'll need a ticket to enter the temples or the numerous former government offices. The oldest building is the impressive God Temple (隍庙, Huáng Miào), built in 1362. Take bus 901 (¥4, 80 minutes, first/last bus 6am/8pm) from near Taiyuan train station.

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1. Twin Pagoda Temple/Yongzuo Temple

14.41 MILES

These gorgeous twin brick pagodas rise photogenically south of the Nansha River in Taiyuan’s southeast; they're lovely with the wind in their tinkling…

2. Confucius Temple

16.13 MILES

Buried away down a historic alley, the city's Confucius Temple is home to a spirit wall and a folk-art museum. As with most Confucius temples, it's a…

3. Chongshan Temple

16.25 MILES

The double-eaved wooden hall in this Ming temple contains three magnificent statues: Samantabhadra (the Bodhisattva of Truth), Guanyin (the Goddess of…

4. Wanshou Gong

16.34 MILES

This street is worth a wander to look at the grey brick historic church at No 5 and the nearby dilapidated remains of the Wanshou Temple (万寿宫, Wànshòu…

5. Wenying Park

16.42 MILES

This large urban park has landscaped gardens and a willow-fringed pond built in the Ming dynasty that in summer is thick with lilies. But the park is also…

6. Jinci Temple

16.89 MILES

This sprawling complex sits on the source of the Jin River in arid Shanxi. The earliest structures and the irrigation canal (which still gushes on rainy…

7. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

17.74 MILES

Built in 1870, the neoclassical house of worship was badly damaged during the Boxer Rebellion but today stands magnificently amid modern buildings. The…

8. Shanxi Museum

18.05 MILES

This comprehensive museum has three floors that walk you through various aspects of Shanxi culture, from Neolithic jade and Silk Road Buddhist statues to…