Linfen Travel Guide

Linfen Facts

Chinese Name: 临汾 (lín fén)
Population: 4,508,400
Area: 20,300 square kilometers (7,838 square miles)
Location: in the southwest of Shanxi Province, north China
Administrative Division: 1 district (Yaodu); 14 counties (Quwo, Yicheng, Xiangfen, Hongtong, Guxian, Anze, Fushan, Jixian, Xiangning, Puxian, Daning, Yonghe, Xixian, Fenxi); 2 county-level cities (Houma, Huozhou)
Area Code: 0357
Zip Code: 041000
GDP (2019): CNY 145.26 billion (USD 21.06 billion)  

Highlighting Hukou Waterfalls

Linfen City is situated in southwestern Shanxi Province, on the middle reaches of the Yellow River. It neighbors Changzhi and Jincheng to the east, Jinzhong and Luliang to the north, Yuncheng to the south and finally, it is separated from Shaanxi Province by the Yellow River to the west. The city is an important grain and cotton production base in North China, rich in wheat, cotton, etc. At the same time, it is also one of the three major high-quality coking coal bases.  

Many people know Linfen from the spectacular Hukou Waterfalls, which is the second-largest waterfall in China and the most unique yellow waterfall in the world. While for the descendants of immigrants from Linfen, this city is their root and hometown that they have always been concerned about. In the nearly 50 years of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1912), Linfen witnessed 18 large-scale official immigrants. Starting from a scholar tree, the immigrants mainly moved to 18 provinces, including Beijing, Hebei and Henan. The old scholar tree now is protected in the Hongtong Dahuaishu Ancestor Memorial Garden where visitors can see the immigration scenes presented by reliefs and ancient buildings to learn about local folk customs.

Linfen Attractions - Things to Do

 Hukou Waterfalls is the grandest yellow waterfall in the world.  It is located in the Qinjin (Shaanxi-Shanxi) Gorge on the middle reaches of the Yellow River and 45 kilometers away from the Jixian Country, Shanxi Province. To the west of the waterfall is the Yichuan County of Shaanxi Province. Waterfalls gush down into the roaring water of the river through the precipitous rocks in the abrupt canyon. The magnificent spectacle makes the waterfall the second largest, after the largest Huangguoshu Waterfall in Guizhou.

 The Great Scholar Tree of Hongtong County: It is the most famous ruins of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), during which time large immigration occurred in China. Historical records show that governors were sent by the court to Guangji Temple to manage the immigration affairs for fifty years from 1368. For hundreds of years, the great scholar trees near the Guangji Temple became the root, origin and home for governors seeking relief from homesickness. It gradually becomes a sacred land for root seeking and ancestor worshipping.

 Yao Temple was first established during the Jin Dynasty (265-420) in the present southern outskirt. It was believed that the city was made the capital of the nation by Emperor Yao, who is a great sage in the Chinese prehistoric ages prior to Shun and Yu the Great. Later generations then built the temple here to eulogize his laudable feats.

 Other Scenic Spots: Huozhou Drum Tower, Xiaoxitian Nunnery, Guangsheng Temple

How to Get to Linfen

Linfen Qiaoli Airport has flights to most domestic major cities including Beijing, Changsha, Chengdu, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Shanghai, Shenzhen. Linfen Railway Station is situated in Chezhan Jie in northeaste of the city proper. Long-Distance Bus Station in Bingzhan offers buses to Taiyuan, Yuncheng, Xi'an and places within the city.

 See more Beijing - Linfen Train, Datong - Linfen Train

Driving from Hukou Waterfalls and Taiyuan to Linfen is about 4 hours; whilst it takes about 2 hours' drive from Linfen to Yuncheng, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) away.



Lingfen lies in the semi-arid and semi-humid region, bearing a temperate continental monsoon climate. Linfen weather features hot summer and chilly winter. It has an annual average temperature of 8.6-12.6℃ (47.5-54.7℉). Spring and autumn are suitable seasons to tour around.

Linfen Travel Tips

 History: Known as Pingyang in the ancient time, Linfen was once the capital of China during the Jin Kingdom in the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC). During the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC), it belonged to the Hedong Shire, one of the forty-eighty shires of the nation. Many places in present Linfen had their names originated during the Sui Dynasty (581-618).

 Physical Features: There are Zhongtiao Mountain, Taiyue Mountain and Lvliang Mountains in the east and west of the city. Mountains and hills are the main characteristic of the land, occupying about eighty percent of the city's territory. Fenhe River, one of the main branches of the Yellow River, flows through the city centre.

 Special Local Products: Butterfly cup of Houma City, paper-cutting of Fushan County, walnut of Guxian County, purple-clay (Zisha) pottery of Xiangning County
- Last modified on Aug. 12, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Linfen Travel
Asked by Peng Chia from MALAYSIA | Nov. 12, 2019 22:22Reply
Wondering any express bus from Linfen to Luoyang. If yes any route timetable. Thanks.
Answers (2)
Answered by Paisley from FINLAND | Nov. 14, 2019 23:52

You can take the long-distance bus from Linfen Coach Station to Luoyang. The bus schedules are 07:00, 10:00, 11:45 and 20:00. The ticket fare is CNY 85/person.
Answered by Peng Chia from MALAYSIA | Nov. 21, 2019 23:54

Sorry for the late appreciation reply. Thanks for the information and this will greatly help in my coming trip to Luoyang. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance. Cheers
Asked by Kim from NEW ZEALAND | Aug. 17, 2018 03:36Reply
Taxi from Linfen railway station to Hukou waterfall and back
how much would it cost to take a taxi from Linfen railway station to Hukou waterfall and then back to Linfen? How long will the whole trip take if we spend about 1 hr at the waterfall.
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Answered by Nina from FRANCE | Aug. 21, 2018 02:37

The fare is CNY 450-550 in general.
Asked by Robert Hall from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 08, 2014 20:54Reply
From China Linfen to Hukou waterfalls bus?
Answers (3)
Answered by Torry | Mar. 09, 2014 04:33

From Linfen, you can find the direct buses for Ji County. Upon reaching Ji County, you can easily find the buses for the Waterfall.
Answered by simon from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 12, 2015 13:54

You meant one can take a bus from Linfen city centre to Ji County; and then take another bus from Ji County to the Waterfalls ?If so, how long is the trip for each bus trip ?
Answered by Richard from CANADA | Mar. 12, 2015 19:53

Yes, I mean you need to arrive at Ji County first. Then transfer to another long-distance bus to go to the waterfall.
From the city to Ji County, it takes around 2 hours on the way.
From Ji County to the waterfall, it costs about an hour.
Asked by Ms.Lam from SINGAPORE | Apr. 27, 2010 08:57Reply

May I know how do I go to the Hukou Waterfalls from Linfen Railway Station? What will be the earliest bus going and the latest bus coming back? Also, how much will be the cost?

Thanks in advance!
Answers (1)
Answered by Ms.Vitty | Apr. 29, 2010 02:39

Hello Mr. Lam,

Linfen Bus Station is close to the city's Railway Station, you can take the bus to Yan'an first. The bus leaves for yan'an at 6:00 am every morning, there is only one bus every day. Get off at the Hukou Station, it takes about CNY46.
For returning, you have take bus to Jixian County and then take the long distance bus to get back, the last bus to Linfen departs at about 16:30. The time would have seasonal changes.
Asked by Mr.WOLFGANGAMMON from GERMANY | Aug. 05, 2009 06:01Reply
dear madam, dear sir,

are there direct buses lingfen - pingyao ?
at what time ?

thanks in advance.

best regards,
wolfgang ammon

Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.Hank from CN | Aug. 07, 2009 03:09

Yes, there are direct coaches between the two cities, not very sure about the time schedule, but you may consider take a train too. Both of the train and bus take about 2.5 hours on the way. Well, you could search the train infor at
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