Taiyuan attractions

Top Choice Church in Taiyuan

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 Buddhist Site in Taiyuan

Twin Pagoda Temple/Yǒngzuò Temple

These gorgeous twin brick pagodas rise photogenically south of the Nansha River in Tàiyuán’s southeast; they're lovely with the wind in their tinkling bells. Not much of the original Yǒngzuò Temple, which the pagoda…
Area in Taiyuan

Wanshou Gong

This street (called Wanshou Gong) 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 Gōng), fronted by a still extant, albeit c…
Buddhist Site in Taiyuan

Chóngshàn Temple

The double-eaved wooden hall in this Ming temple contains three magnificent statues: Samantabhadra (the Bodhisattva of Truth), Guanyin (the Goddess of Mercy with 1000 arms) and Manjusri (the Bodhisattva of Wisdom wi…
Museum in Taiyuan

Shānxī Museum

This top-class museum has three floors that walk you through all aspects of Shānxī culture, from prehistoric fossils to detailed local opera and architecture exhibits. All galleries are imaginatively displayed and s…
Confucian Site in Taiyuan

Confucius Temple

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 quiet and tranquil oasis.