- Visit the hidden graves and underground palace at and enjoy the murals that were kept in its original face;
- Come face to face with the magnificent Hukou Waterfall and learn the reason why it is also called the Mother River;
5 days, 4 nights
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This in-depth journey brings you to the little known Northern Province of Shanxi which is home to rich history, ancient architectures, artistic carvings, murals and unique sceneries. Step back in time as you travel and unfold the stories behind this province. Apart from the historical face of Shanxi, be awed by the splendor of the Yellow River.
Arrive in Taiyuan, the capital city of Shanxi and meet with your guide.
Start the day with a visit to Shanxi Museum, the largest museum and cultural building in Shanxi, the home to about 400,000 cultural relics and 110,000 old books. (Closed on Monday)
After lunch, step into Jin Ancestral Temple, founded in Tang Dynasty about 1,400 years ago as one of earliest royal garden in China. It is the most prominent temple in Shanxi, with its architectures, murals and sculptures of Tang Dynasty that are of high value in arts and history.
Tonight, enjoy a leisure stroll in the Food Street of Taiyuan, where you can enjoy local snacks not only from Shanxi but also from other cities of China.
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A 2.5 hours’ drive takes you to an ancient castle, one of the rarest and unique displays of traditional urban planning in Chinese history. The town’s residential, shopping and religious areas are all built within a beautifully designed Chinese-style castle complex. Stroll through the labyrinth of mysterious tunnels that meander extensively underneath the town. An inconspicuous entrance inside an ordinary local home that leads to a fascinating underground world spread across three levels that once served as defense tunnels after its completion at the end of the Sui dynasty (581AD to 619AD).
Visit A Private Mansion, a luxurious residence built during 1762-1811 by the descendants of a rich Family - one of the Four Families of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in Shanxi Province. It is not just a residential architecture but also a museum of architectural art.
Late afternoon, check in your hotel in Linfen.
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Today’s highlight is no other than the breath-taking Hukou Waterfall. Not only is the Hukou Waterfall the second largest waterfall in China, it is also the only magnificent yellow waterfall in the world. The reason behind the name of Hukou Waterfall (Kettle Spout Falls) is because its riverbed is shaped like an enormous teapot absorbing all the rushing water. Its rumbling sound, grand vigor and the marvelous scenery will leave you in awe.
Continue to Yuncheng. En route, make a stop at a hidden county in west Shanxi, where you will be surprised by the beautiful murals in the a Grave. It consists of 14 brick tombs in a shape of quadrangle, some of which were built with caves, pavilion, and palace. The walls of the underground palace were decorated with beautiful murals, which show the ancient lifestyle and emphasis on arts at that time. Arrive in Yuncheng in the late afternoon.
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Start your day with an interesting Temple, where Chinese classical masterpiece “The Romance of West Chamber” was written, a chinese love story similar to Romeo and Ruliet.
See first-hand the impressive Yellow River Grand Iron Bulls sculptures, originally part of a floating bridge that sunk and was forgotten to time.
After lunch, take the journey back to Yuncheng. En route, stop by Yongle Palace, one of the earliest Taoist palace and temple existing today as well as the most intact building complex of the Yuan Dynastywith most of the murals still well preserved in the palace.
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In the morning, visit a Guan Yu Temple. Built in 589 AD, the Guan Yu Temple is one of the largest Guan Yu temples in China. Guan Yu, born in Hai County of Yuncheng, was a famous general in the period of Three Kingdom. After his death, he was enshrined as the god of warriors.
Afterwards, transfer to airport for your onward flight.
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