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Shanxi is one of the birth places of Chinese civilization with a long history and traditional culture. As early as one hundred million years ago, the ancestors of the Chinese lived and propagated in this region. It is endowed with an abundance of cultural sites from its long history. Detailed information about Shanxi Travel Guide

Datong (35)

Datong is situated in northern Shanxi Province. Known as the 'City of Coal', Datong has developed into the second largest industrial city in this province due to its advantage in energy.

Pingyao (102)

Pingyao was the birthplace of the Jin Businessmen, who were one of the two famous Chinese business groups during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

Taiyuan (29)

Taiyuan is the capital city of Shanxi Province. Located in the center part, it is also the political, economic and cultural center of the province. Taiyuan has a wealth of tourist attractions and notably among these is the Jinci Temple.

Mount Wutai (24)

Located in Wutai County, northeast of Xinzhou City, Shanxi Province, Mount Wutai is known as 'Roof of the North China' with its highest peak Yemen Peak 3,058 meters (10,033 feet) above sea level. There are 5 main peaks on the mountain like five imposing pillars, but the top of the peaks are all as flat as a platform, hence its name.

Mian Mountain (20)

Located in Jiexiu City, Shanxi Province, Mian Mountain is 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Pingyao and 160 kilometers (99 miles) south of Taiyuan. It is the birthplace of Cold Food Festival.

Yuncheng (42)

Yuncheng has been known as the 'City of Carrying Salt' in ancient times. It is also the hometown of Guan Yu, the noted general of Three Kingdoms Period.
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Asked by IRIS from SINGAPORE | Jun. 26, 2014 04:09Reply
Beijing to Datong and Pingyao
Dear Sir,
May I know
1. how to travel to Datong and Pingyao from Beijing airport?
2. any express / speed train available between the places?
3. the weather in mid Sep 2014?
Thank you.
Answers (3)
Answered by Ken from DENMARK | Jun. 26, 2014 04:49

When you arrive at the airport, you can take airport shuttle bus line 7 to Beijing West Railway Station. It costs CNY 24. Then you can catch a train from Beijing to Datong. It takes 9 or 12 hours. A hard sleeper costs CNY 174. A soft sleeper costs CNY 263. After you visit Dadong, you can take a train to Pingyao directly. It takes around 8 hours. A hard seat costs CNY 61. A soft sleeper cost CNY 186. A hard sleeper costs CNY 122.

It’s too early to forecast the weather conditions in September. Based on previous records, the weather conditions in these three places are good. It isn’t too hot because summer is already gone. It’s a good time to travel.

PS: I think you may book your train tickets in advance to ensure that your trip won’t be spoiled if the train tickets are sold out.
Answered by iris | Jun. 26, 2014 22:57

May I know where can I buy bullet train tickets in Beijing? How many hours to arrive Datong? How many days needed to see all main attractions in Datong? Any local guided tour available? How much for 2 or 3 days?

Thank you
Answered by Alan from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 27, 2014 00:47

But as I know, there is no bullet train service for the trip, so you can only take a normal express train. The train ticket can be bought at any railway station or train ticket office in Beijing.

Generally, three days are recommended to take a trip in Datong. Surely there are guided tours for the trip. If you are interested, I know Travel China Guide arranges such tour and here is their contact for your reference:
Just send them an email to consult the quotation!
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