27 kilometers, Taiyuan Wusu International Airport (TYN)
Take in the Best of Taiyuan
See the Giant Buddha, tour museums, and try local eats
The dynamic capital of Shanxi province is full of history, culture, and delicious cuisine. Admire the stunning architecture and 3,000-year-old cypress tree at Jinci Temple, dating back to the 4th century Wei Dynasty, or visit the iconic Mengshan Giant Buddha. Peruse an impressive collection of artifacts at the Shanxi Museum or stroll down Fudong or Mishi Street to sample Taiyuan specialties like hand-pulled noodles, porridge, and Chinese flatbread. See Fenhe Park beautifully lit up at night and check out the magnificent Ming Dynasty Twin Pagoda Temple. If shopping is your thing, head to Liu Xiang Commercial Street and Liunan Night Market Street for local souvenirs or Zhonglou Jie for big-name brands at mega malls. Learn about an important city industry at the Coal Museum of China and check out the three domed greenhouses full of plants from around the world as well as the Bonsai Museum at the Taiyuan Botanical Garden. You can also travel outside Taiyuan to explore Pingyao Ancient City, a well-preserved Han Chinese city from the 14th century, and the Hukou Waterfall—the largest yellow waterfall in the world and the second largest waterfall in China.