Taiyuan travel guide

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You're Going to Love Taiyuan

The capital of China's Shanxi province, Taiyuan is a rewarding place to visit, with its excellent museums, beautiful historical sights and the chance to explore Shanxi's tourist gems.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Taiyuan

1. The Shanxi Museum

This superb museum is one of China's finest, housing some of China's oldest artifacts, porcelain masterworks, Buddhist sculptures, and much more. Leave a day to see it all.

2. The Stunning Catholic Cathedral

China's most beautiful church, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was built in 1870 and is a visual delight, with its remarkable ceiling and colorful interior.

3. A Cluster of Incredible Historical Sights

There are other historical attractions in Taiyuan too, including the 1,400-year-old Jinci Temple and the Twin Pagoda Temple - a beloved symbol of the city.

4. There Are Tranquil Green Spaces All over Town

Unlike some Chinese cities, you can really get away from it all in Taiyuan, thanks to its Forest Park, the city zoo, and Yingze Park.

5. Shanxi Offers Some Incredible Sights

Nearby attractions include the Tianlongshan Grottoes, with their exquisite Buddhist statues, the beautiful Juewei Mountain Scenic Spot, and Pingyao - a UNESCO-listed historical city.

Where to Eat in Taiyuan

Sour noodles, warming hotpots, and distinctive flat breads mark Shanxi's cuisine. For some of the best examples, head to restaurants like the Taiyuan Noodle Restaurant or Greenery Cafe. The ShiPin Jie night market is also a great place to sample local tastes. Expect sit down meals to cost around ¥30-40.

When to visit Taiyuan

The shoulder seasons tend to be the best time to visit. May and June and September and October bring warm weather and smaller crowds.

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How to Get to Taiyuan


You can fly from Beijing to Taiyuan Airport (TYN). From there, take the Line 1 bus into downtown Taiyuan (¥16) or take a taxi (approximately ¥45).


Taiyuan is around 10 hours from Beijing by train, and the fare will come to about ¥150-200.


The G5 highway runs straight into Taiyuan from Beijing. Take the G20 then the G5 if you are coming from Jinan.


Buses travel from Beijing in around six hours and terminate on Yingze Dajie, near the city center.

Airports near Taiyuan

Airlines serving Taiyuan

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Where to stay in Taiyuan

Taiyuan's finest hotels include the upmarket Chateau Star River and the ultra-modern Kempinksi Hotel.

Popular neighbourhoods in Taiyuan

Wanbailin - situated on the west bank of the Fenhe River, Wanbailin is home to the Shanxi Museum and the more offbeat Coal Museum of China.

Yingze - the core of Taiyuan, Yingze has a lovely park and plenty of eateries on Jiefang Road.

Sen Lin Gong Yuan - also known as the Forest Park, this large green space by the river is where Taiyuan's people go to relax. It's a great place to explore by bike or on foot.

Where to stay in popular areas of Taiyuan

Most booked hotels in Taiyuan

Zhengxie Hotel - Shanxi
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C$ 25+
Vienna Hotel Shanxi Taiyuanfu West Street
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C$ 21+
Taiyuan Jinlin Hotel
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C$ 45+
Shanxi Tian Rui Business Hotel - Taiyuan
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C$ 56+
Shanxi Huayuan Hotel
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C$ 34+
Garden International Hotel
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C$ 82+
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How to Get Around Taiyuan

Public Transportation

Buses cover most of Taiyuan and the standard fare is ¥1.


If you need to take a taxi, expect to pay ¥8 for the meter drop, followed by ¥2 for every subsequent mile.


Car rental outlets in Taiyuan include Tongshun and Tengtai, and rates can be as little as ¥10.

The Cost of Living in Taiyuan

Shopping Streets

Bell Tower Street hosts a collection of big department stores like Dongfang and Jinge Clothing. However, if you want to find craft souvenirs like jade carvings and paper cuttings, head to Liuxiang.

Groceries and Other

Supermarket options in Taiyuan include Xingsheng and Changhui. As a guide, expect to pay around ¥10 for 12 eggs.

Cheap meal
C$ 1.88
A pair of jeans
C$ 106.50
Single public transport ticket
C$ 0.24
C$ 3.21