Rishengchang Exchange Shop

On August 26, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Historical Relics, Popular Provinces, Shanxi, by Jack Li

When it comes to Pingyao, Shanxi Businessman and Exchange Shop are words that must be mentioned. Pingyao is one of the places where Shanxi Businessmen started their firms. Exchange shops, the early form of the modern bank firstly appeared there. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, some exchange shops settled their headquarters in Shanxi and […]

When it comes to Pingyao, Shanxi Businessman and Exchange Shop are words that must be mentioned. Pingyao is one of the places where Shanxi Businessmen started their firms. Exchange shops, the early form of the modern bank firstly appeared there. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, some exchange shops settled their headquarters in Shanxi and expanded sub branches outside Shanxi. As the development of commodity economy, drafts can be exchanged so that there was no need to transfer large quantity of silver coins.

In the fourth year during the Daoguang Era ( 1824 ), Rishengchang Exchange shops opened its business. Three years late, Rishengchang built its branches in Shandong, Henan, Liaoning, Jiangsu and other provinces. In the 1840s, the business of the Rishengchang Draft Bank had been expanded to Japan, Singapore, Russia and other countries. With the mode of Rishengchang, other exchange shops in Pingyao also had a quick development. There were for most twenty-two exchange shops in Pingyao which made the city once the national financial center. In the financial history of Modern China, Pingyao enjoys a very important and special statue.

Ancient City of Ping Yao

Ancient Walls

On August 26, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Historical Relics, Popular Provinces, Shanxi, by Jack Li

Ancient Walls are the important military defense facilities in ancient time. The Ancient Walls of Ping Yao has longest history and well preserved. It is said that the walls were built in the Xizhou Xuang Wang Jiayi Period and it has 2700 years of history. The walls were short in the past, and it was […]

Ancient Walls are the important military defense facilities in ancient time. The Ancient Walls of Ping Yao has longest history and well preserved. It is said that the walls were built in the Xizhou Xuang Wang Jiayi Period and it has 2700 years of history. The walls were short in the past, and it was repaired and became the walls made by bricks in the 1370 because of the need of military defense. There were 26 repairs during the Ming and Qing Dynasty. Today the walls still keep the original style. The Ping Yao Ancient Wall is one of the most complete walls and it is also the largest ancient wall. The wall is 12.8 Li long and 10 meters high. There are six gates around the city. In the east and the west have four gates and in the south and in the north have two. And the outside of the city have small towns. Between every 40-60 meters has a Mamian, also called enemy shack. From the architect aspect, the shacks reinforced the walls and made the ancient city stronger and the most important is it can help defense enemies. If people want to beat enemies, soldiers can defense them from two aspects in the shack. Every shack has an enemy building. The enemy building is the shelter of soldiers take rest and put weapons. Soldiers can defense enemy easier in the shacks and the enemy buildings.

Ancient City of Ping Yao

Shuanglin Temple

On August 26, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Historical Relics, Shanxi, Temples, by Jack Li

The Shuangpin Temple is in the southwest of the Pingyao Ancient City. It was built in the second year during the Wuping Era (571) in the Beiqi Dynasty. There are more than ten palaces where over 2000 colored statues are kept. There statues are built from the Yuan Dynasty to the Ming Dynasty (from the […]

The Shuangpin Temple is in the southwest of the Pingyao Ancient City. It was built in the second year during the Wuping Era (571) in the Beiqi Dynasty. There are more than ten palaces where over 2000 colored statues are kept. There statues are built from the Yuan Dynasty to the Ming Dynasty (from the 13th century to the 17th century ).

The streets, shops and dwellings in the Pingyao Ancient City stay all the same layout and type as before. The streets form crosses. Shops were built right besides the streets. There shops are high houses with colored painting on the roof. The residential dwellings are all quadrangles with courtyards.

The Pingyao Ancient is very elegant with classic style. The Zhenguo Temple is very famous there. It was built in around the 10th century. That means it has a history of over 1,000 years. This makes the Zhenguo Temple the third oldest structural architecture in China. In the southwest, the Shuanglin Temple is also very popular. It was built in the second year during the Wuping Era (571) in the Beiqi Dynasty. There are more than ten palaces where over 2000 colored statues are kept. It is highly rewarded as the treasury house of colored statues.

Ancient City of Ping Yao

On August 26, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Historical Relics, Popular Provinces, Shanxi, by Jack Li

Ancient City of Ping Yao (simplified Chinese: 平遥古城; traditional Chinese: 平遥古城; pinyin:ping yáo gǔ chéng; literally “Ping Yao Ancien City”) is located in the middle of Shanxi Province in northern China. It was built in the Zhouxuan Wang period (BC827-782), and the city was expanded in the Ming Dynasty (AD1370). It has more than 2700 […]

Ancient City of Ping Yao (simplified Chinese: 平遥古城; traditional Chinese: 平遥古城; pinyin:ping yáo gǔ chéng; literally “Ping Yao Ancien City”) is located in the middle of Shanxi Province in northern China. It was built in the Zhouxuan Wang period (BC827-782), and the city was expanded in the Ming Dynasty (AD1370). It has more than 2700 years of history. It is also keep the basic style of the Ming, Qing Dynasty till now and it is called the most complete ancient city in China. The Ancient City Ping Yao has three treasures. The ancient wall is one of them. The ancient wall was built in 1370 and it is 6.4km long. It is the largest ancient wall in Shanxi now. People had mended the wall in the Ming and Qing Dynasty, but the style of the ancient wall not changed. The shape of the city is square and the wall is 12 meters high. The outside of the wall was built by bricks and there is a crenel on the wall. The moat is 4 meters wide and 4 meters depth in the outside of the ancient wall. There are six gates in the different side of the city. In the east side has two and the two gates also in the west side and in the south and the north have two. People built small towns around the ancient city in order to defend. All small towns total have 3000 crenels and 72 buildings and symbolized the 3000 disciples of Confucius and 72 saints. After 600 hundred years, the small towns still look solemn and nobody can invade the ancient city. The streets, shops and residents are all keep the original style in the ancient city. The streets are cross and the shops were built along the streets. The eaves of shops have colorful pictures. Residents house behind the shops are quadrangle courtyards and the courtyards have clear axis and look symmetrical. The whole city shows an ancient style. The Zhenguo Temple is in the right of the north gate of the city and it is the second treasure of the city. The Thousands Buddha Palace of the temple was built in the Wudai period (AD10 century). It is the third ancient architecture with wood structure in China. It has more than 1000 years of history. Painted sculptures of the Wudai period in the temple are rare treasures of sculpture art. The third treasure of the ancient city is located in the Shuanglin Temple of the west of the city. It was built in the AD571. More than 2000 painted sculptures of the Yuan to Ming dynasty in the 10 palaces in the temple. People called them “treasure – house of the painted sculpture.” The Ping Yao is one origin places of business in ancient China. In the fourth year of the Qing Dynasty (BC1824), the first modern bank “Risheng Chang” Exchange Shop emerged in the Ping Yao. Three years later, the “Risheng Chang” Exchange Shop set many branches in many provinces of China. In the 40s 19 century, the business of the bank developed and the bank expanded to Japan, Singapore and Russia. At that time, by the lead of the “Risheng Chang” Exchange Shop, the exchange shop industry developed quickly. The number of exchange shop reached into 22 in the flourish time and it was the financial center of China.

Ancient City Ping Yao Attractions

Ancient Walls

Zhenguo Temple

Ancient City Country Court

Shuanglin Temple

Risheng Chang Exchange Shop

Ancient City Ping Yao Stories

1. Burn the God City Temple

In the 27th May to 27th July of the lunar calendar is the temple time. In the temple fair in 1895, there is an old man who sells Huoshao (In ancient China, people usually called Huoshao instead of pancakes). But nobody bought his Huoshao because of too small. A young man told the old man honestly that his Huoshao are too small and all the people like to eat big pancake. Then the old man answered:” today I sell small Huoshao and tomorrow is big Huoshao (the literally meaning of Huoshao is fire or burn, so big Huoshao means big fair).” In the night of that day, the temple was really burned (just as the old man said “tomorrow is big Huoshao”). All the palaces were burned down except the backyard of the temple. The young people recalled the old man he met yesterday and thought he was the fair god. Then the story spread.

2. The anecdote of Risheng Chang Exchange Shop: Remit Industry Management, not bully children and old people

In the end of the Qing Dynasty, there is a widow begged along the street in the Ping Yao City. One day, she took a draft of a branch exchange shop of Risheng Chang and the draft can exchange 12000 taels of silver. The head of the exchange shop saw the date in the draft is in the 1868 and that day in the 1898. So the heads of the exchange shop examined the draft carefully and pay the money to the widow. The story is the husband of the widow did fur business in Zhangjia Kou many years ago. Her husband earned 12000 taels silvers and returned home, but he died in the way home. His wife was in big sorrow, his family became more and more poor and she became a begger. One day he found a draft from his husband’s coat and tried to exchange in the exchange shop. Finally she got the money. From then on, the “Risheng Chang” got the trust of people and more and more people put their money into there.

3. The secret Mistress of the Minister of the God City

In the imperial palace of the God City has a beautiful lady and she is the mistress of the city’s minister. Here is a story of the mistress. The minister of the God City is omnipotent. One day, he played chess and bet with the minister of Jiexiu God City. The minister of God City said if he won the beautiful lady will marry him. The minister of Jiexiu didn’t believe he would win. Finally, he won. So he just took the beautiful lady home because he had the words before. The beautiful lady became the mistress of him and she stayed in the palace which the minister built for her. During the temple fair of ancient time, the minister of Jiexiu held the comb hair ceremony and the custom lasted to 70s-80s. The story makes people believe the minister of God City really exists.

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Mount Hengshan Travel Tips

On August 25, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Other Regions, Shanxi, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Generally speaking visitors don’t need to get overnight accommodation while visiting Mount Hengshan. If you need to put up at the scenic spot area, you can choose a hotel near the parking lot or a local farmer’s house. There are parking places both in the Hanging Temple and on the mountain side, charging 5 yuan […]

Generally speaking visitors don’t need to get overnight accommodation while visiting Mount Hengshan. If you need to put up at the scenic spot area, you can choose a hotel near the parking lot or a local farmer’s house. There are parking places both in the Hanging Temple and on the mountain side, charging 5 yuan for a car and 10 yuan for a bus. Clinics can be found inside the Mount Hengshan scenic spot while gas stations and banks are in the downtown area of Hunyuan Couty.

Best time to visit Mount Hengshan:

Hunyuan County belongs to a semi- arid temperate continental climate, having four distinct seasons. In winter, the weather is extremely cold while in spring it is dry and windy. Summer is the main time for raining and the autumn is short but sunny and has large temperature difference between day and night. The annual average temperature is 6.1℃, of which January is the coldest with an average temperature of -12.7℃, and July is the hottest with an average temperature of 21.6℃. From April to October, the average temperature are all above 7℃, which is perfect for travelling. The travelling time of a year can reach up to 210 days.

Mount Hengshan Best Route:

The morning hour can be spent on visiting the temple group, while in the afternoon you can go to the Hanging Temple, the back of the Mount Hengshan and the Yong An Temple in downtown area of Hunyuan County. With regards to saving your expenditure on travelling, we suggest you take a four-day tour to Yungang Grottoes, Mount Hengshan, Mount Wutai, Qiao’s Grand Courtyard and the Ancient City of Ping Yao.

Mount Hengshan Tickets:

Ticket price:

Open Hour: 8:30 am.—17:30 (winter) 8:00 am.—18:00 (summer)

20 yuan at the entrance of the mountain, 60 yuan for the Hanging Temple, 35 for the temple group (half price with student ID).30 yuan for taking the cableway up the mountain and 25 yuan down.

Yuemen Bay: 20 yuan

Li Yumei Tomb: 20 yuan

Yong An Temple: 20 yuan

How to go the Mount Hengshan:

The city traffic:

By bus:

Take long-distance bus to reach Hunyuan County, then take a taxi by paying 20 yuan to go to the front side of Mount Hengshan (the parking lot of Wangyue Pavilion), the back side of the mountain(the Beiyue Palace), or directly to the Hanging Temple. You can also choose the tour van for Mountain Hengshan one-day trip.

How to get to or leave Datong City:

  1. The railway system is very advanced in Datong City. The train station is located in the north of the city, Bus No. 2, No. 4, No.8, No.14 and No.15 can take you there.
  2. More than a dozen of main highways going through Datong City, such as Dayun, Datang, Dahuai, Dalai and so on. Near the Train station, the Datong Long-distance Bus Station can provide you Bus No. 2, No.4 and No. 8 to go to the city of Taiyuan, Xuanhua, Shuozhou, etc. There are also through bus in the station going to Yungang Grottoes and Mount Hengshan scenic spot.

The Hanging Temple

On August 25, 2011, in Historical Relics, Popular Provinces, Shanxi, Temples, by Jack Li

Located in Hunyuan County, Shanxi Province, 65 km away from Datong City, the Hanging Temple, as a national key cultural relics protection unit, is China’s only temple that combines Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism together. Built in the late Northern Wei Dynasty (about 1400 years ago), the Hanging Temple was renovated regularly through the years. The […]

Located in Hunyuan County, Shanxi Province, 65 km away from Datong City, the Hanging Temple, as a national key cultural relics protection unit, is China’s only temple that combines Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism together. Built in the late Northern Wei Dynasty (about 1400 years ago), the Hanging Temple was renovated regularly through the years. The Taoist altar in Pin Cheng (or Datong City today), was moved to the current site in the Northern Wei Dynasty, and then a group of ancient craftsmen began the construction of the Hanging Temple on the condition that neither the crowing of cocks nor barks of dogs could be heard here. The temple is 50 m high from the ground with exquisite, impressive, unique design, which reflects the traditional building style of our country. The old temple hangs between two abrupt cliffs deep in a great valley and the top of the cliff resembles a giant umbrella that protects the temple from rain. Even during flood time, the water on the foot of the mountain could never reach the height of the temple. High mountains around also decrease sunlight time for it. It is with this superior geographical position that the Hanging temple can be sufficiently protected and well preserved to this day. Altogether there are 40 halls with more than a dozen very thick wood pillars. People tend to take it for granted that the pillars are what support the whole temple, however, the truth is the real stressed members are the beams planted in the rock. The exquisite building style refers to the fact that the temple was constructed in the light of concrete circumstances, and the peculiar nature of the cliff was fully taken advantage of by the designer, therefore the flat-faced layout of general temples was changed into a three-dimensioned one. The gate to the monastery, bell and drum tower, the main hall and side halls are all excellent and formidable in terms of the creativity. More than a dozen figure of Buddhist are worshipped inside the various halls of the temple. In the year 735 (Kaiyuan 23rd year in Tang Dynasty), Li Po, the famous Chinese ancient poet, wrote two characters – Zhuang Guan (grand sight) on the cliff after paying a visit here. What’s more, the great traveler in Ming Dynasty called Xu Xiake also regarded the Hanging Temple as a magnificent spectacle.

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Beiyue Temple

On August 25, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Shanxi, Temples, by Jack Li

Beiyue Temple is also known as Hengzong Hall, Zhenyuan Hall or Yuanling Hall, and it is commonly called Chao Hall for short. The gorgeous old temple is located half way up the mountain side south of Tian Feng Peak with abrupt cliffs at its north end and a deep valley in front of it. Built […]

Beiyue Temple is also known as Hengzong Hall, Zhenyuan Hall or Yuanling Hall, and it is commonly called Chao Hall for short. The gorgeous old temple is located half way up the mountain side south of Tian Feng Peak with abrupt cliffs at its north end and a deep valley in front of it. Built in 1501 during the reign of Chenghua and Hongzhi in Ming Dynasty, it is the largest as well as the most famous temple among the temple group of Mount Hengshan. 103 stone steps will lead you to the gate of Beiyue Temple – Chongling Gate, which was constructed with Xieshan style with single eaves. Lacquered with red paint and decorated with copper nails, the gate has two halls on both sides, Tsing Lung (Blue Dragon) Hall on the east and White Tiger Hall on the west. In front of the temple stand over 20 stone tablets engraved with memorial words for the royal in Qing Dynasty, which is a precious material for studying Mount Hengshan’s history. The major hall is 5 rooms’ wide and 3 rooms’ deep surrounded by side halls and corridors. The image of Beiyue Emperor wearing balanced coronal and red silk robe is worshipped in the temple. Up above the golden figure of the Beiyue Emperor hangs a plaque with four big characters—Hua Chui You Jiu written by Qing Emperor Kangxi. Four civil officers and four supreme commanders stand on both sides respectively. In addition, there are penthouse, dressing rooms, Canon house and the bell and drum tower near the major hall, which are also worth visiting for tourists.

Mount Hengshan

Mount Hengshan

On August 25, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Popular Provinces, Shanxi, Valleys and Scenic Spots, by Jack Li

Mount Hengshan (meaning persistence), also known as Mount Changshan (meaning everlasting) in Shanxi Province is one of the Five Sacred Mountains of Taoism in China. Legend holds that about 4,000 years ago when Emperor Shun made a cruise hunting across the country, he title the mountain “North Great Mountain” for its lofty peaks and grand […]

Mount Hengshan (meaning persistence), also known as Mount Changshan (meaning everlasting) in Shanxi Province is one of the Five Sacred Mountains of Taoism in China. Legend holds that about 4,000 years ago when Emperor Shun made a cruise hunting across the country, he title the mountain “North Great Mountain” for its lofty peaks and grand ranges. During the rule of the First Qin Emperor he titled twelve great mountains in China and Mount Hengshan ranked the second. Numerous emperors had begun to visit and perform sacrifice ceremonies here, in person or sent someone to do so. Prestigious literati and scholars like Li Bai, Jia Dao, Xu Xiake, etc. also paid visits here and thus left poems or couplets praising the grand beauty of Mount Hengshan. Mountain stretches 150km starting from Mount Guancen connecting Mount Taihang in the east and Mount Cuiping in west, Fanzhi Bason in the south standing opposite to Mount Wutai. It follows a northeast course striding over dozens of counties in Shanxi boasting its peak in Hunyuan County with a height of 2016.8m, which is also the highest among the Five Sacred Mountains. Mount Hengshan offers breath-taking natural scenery. The soaring mountain peaks and the surging curves of the mountain ridges, the precipitous cliffs, the grotesque but fantastic caves, the dense and exuberant tree cover, the gurgling brooks, full of the singing and chirping of birds, not to speak of the canopy of clouds and mist that variously veils and unveils the mountain and the skies that surround it: all bear witness to how this mountain has been able to call attention upon itself as one of the grandest ones throughout China. Moreover, the Mountain is not only famous for its natural landscape, but also the human landscape. Mount Hengshan has been a venue for Daoism activities. Legends hold that Zhang Guolao, one of the eight gods in Daoism, practicing the Dharma and led a hermitic life here. Ancient mountain passes, cities, beacon towers scatter in the dense forest and steep cliffs. Temples like Fogong (Buddha’s palace) Yuanjue (epiphany) and Yongan (forever peace) house for wood or brick pagodas that hold tremendous historical and scientific value. There also houses inscriptions, tablets, couplets that are left by famous people. One highlight of Mount Hengshan’s scenery is that the buildings are mostly built inside the cliff or hanging right on the face of the cliffs, which considered as architectural miracles attracting millions of visitors across the globe.

Mount Hengshan Attractions

The Hanging Temple

Beiyue Temple

Mount Hengshan Stories

1.  The Rainbow Bridge (Yun Ge Hong Qiao)

Lu Ban, one of the most famous carpenter and engineer in Chinese history, visited Mount Hengshan after completing building the Wood Pagoda in Ying County with his sister Lu Jiang who is also an engineer. They got stuck in the rainstorm by Jinlong Dock, thus they decided to hide for a while under the cliff of Cuiping Mountain. When they were waiting, they overheard the conversations between two grannies—one is plump and the other is skinny—who were also stuck there by the heavy rain. The plump old lady said, “I heard Lu Ban and Lu Jiang are building a tower is Ying County.

Probably we may plead them to build a shelter for sweltering sunshine and rainstorms!” The skinny one sighed, “They are busy busy people who have no time to do favors. Now the path to the top of the mountain is blocked by the rain. If they do come and build the shelter, it’ll definitely take them ages to start to build.” Later in the day, the rain grew gentle and the crowd under the cliff drifted. Lu Jiang asked his brother, “Can we build a pavilion and a bridge here?” “We have to get home tomorrow. I don’t think there’s enough time left.” “Then I dare you! And see who finishes first!” When they were building the Wood Pagoda they were in a tie when Lu Jiang dared him. Lu Jiang pushed him even a little more, “I say I build a bridge overnight and you build a hanging chamber. Otherwise I build the bridge AND the chamber, you make twelve pairs of embroidered shoes!” “Are you kidding me? I cannot even manage to make one pair. Maybe I should step up and take her challenge.” Lu Ban thought to himself. The competition began right away. Lu Jiang gathered lumbers and started to build a bridge between the Cuiping Peak and the Tianfeng Peak and named it the Rainbow Bridge. Before dawn, she saw Lu Ban finishing off his work. She was too worried to lose the competition that she forgot to nail the bridge to the rock of the cliffs. Lu Jiang thought she had finished and played a trick on his brother. Lu Ban on the other side of the mountain suddenly heard rooster crowing and thought it was about dawn. So he collected his tools and went to his sister to see who wins. When he come close he found that it was Lu Jiang imitating rooster crow against the cliff! He was so angry that his sister cheated and went home alone. The chamber Lu Ban built is today’s Hanging Temple. It is still in existence for he put honest and hard work into it. While the Rainbow Bridge crush in a few

years for Lu Jiang’s jerry-building. Nowadays people could still see the holes of the bridge relic and pegs in it, only with a giant scripture saying “The Rainbow Bridge” to warn people the recklessness of Lu Jiang.

2. Cuckoo over the cliff

Folklore holds that there was a family in Huncheng County. The mother had been laid up in bed for month for there was no effective medicine. Out of despair the daughter and her sister-in-law visited Heng Temple for a cure. The senior monk looked at their divination and frowned, “I’m afraid one of your family members has to die in trade of your mother’s life as well as other members’ lives.” The daughter set up her mind to die for her family for her brother and sister-in-law were newly-wedded, her younger brother is still a child and her father couldn’t lose her mother. Thus she rushed out of the temple and flung herself down to the abyss. Her loyalty to family impressed Buddha who saved her before she dropped to the ground and then accepted as his disciple. Unfortunately, the sister-in-law chased her and tried to hold her before she fell down the cliff, but slipped and fell into the abyss. It is said that the sister-in-law turned into a cuckoo after she dies singing “cuckoo” “cuckoo” to find the daughter. Thus the cliff was named “Loyalty Cliff” or “Sisters-in-law Cliff”.

Mian Mountain Travel Tips

On August 25, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Shanxi, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Main Mountain belongs to the typical temperate continental monsoon climate. The feature of the climate is warm but a large temperature difference between winter and spring. The average temperature from June to October is 22°C. The annual rainfall is about 540 mm and mostly concentrates in summer. Best time to visit Mian Mountain Mian Mountain […]

Main Mountain belongs to the typical temperate continental monsoon climate. The feature of the climate is warm but a large temperature difference between winter and spring. The average temperature from June to October is 22°C. The annual rainfall is about 540 mm and mostly concentrates in summer.

Best time to visit Mian Mountain

Mian Mountain has different sceneries in four seasons.

From March to April, although it is cold in spring, everything is revived and everything seems vibrant.

From May to September, the plants in the mountain turned green. As it is cooler in the mountain, a summer vacation in there is a good choice.

From October to November, leaves all turned red, you can enjoy the charm of autumn.

From December to February, you can enjoy a warm vacation in the mountain. And appreciated the unique sceneries created by the temperature difference – the Shuitaogou Scenic Spot are covered by ice, while in Longjiling Scenic Spot, flowers bloomed.

Mian Mountain Best Routes

1. Longtou Temple Scenic Spot – Longjiling Scenic Spot – Daluo Palace Scenic Spot

2. Longtou Temple Scenic Spot — Daluo Palace Scenic Spot – Overline Bridge Scenic Spot

3. Daluo Palace Scenic Spot — Overline Bridge Scenic Spot – Yunfeng Temple Scenic Spot

4. Daluo Palace Scenic Spot – Dou Spring Scenic Spot — Shuitaogou Scenic Spot

5. Zhujiaao Scenic Spot — Yunfeng Temple Scenic Spot—Xixian Valley Scenic Spot

Mian Mountain Tickets

In tourism season, the ticket price is 110 Yuan/person which covers all fees. If you only buy the entrance ticket, it costs 90 Yuan/person. The parking charge is 50 Yuan.

In slack season, the ticket is 75 Yuan/person

How to get to Mian Mountain

1. Start from Taiyuan, drive along the Dayun Expressway towards the south direction and turn off the expressway at Lingshi Exit. And drive ahead about 10 kilometers, you can’t miss it.

2. Start from Xian, drive along the Xiyu Expressway, and pass the Yellow River Dragon Gate Bridge, then you arrive at the Houyu Expressway. Then change lane to the Dayun Expressway and turn off at Lingshi Exit.

3. From Taiyuan Railway Station or Bus Station, you could take the direct bus to Mian Mountain. Every half an hour send a bus. It takes about two and half hours to get there.

4. Jiexiu Railway Station has the special Mian Mountain tour bus which directly goes to the peak of the mountain. The scenic spots in the mountain also have shuttle buses for tourists. The price of the bus tickets depends on the distance.    It costs about 2~4 Yuan/person.

Overline Bridge

On August 25, 2011, in Activities, Mountain Areas, Popular Provinces, Shanxi, by Jack Li

Overline Bridge is an over 300m long bridge which is just 20m far from the mountain’s top.   But the distance between it and the bottom is more than 300m.  Connecting the rock trench to Mosi Tower, the whole bridge is nearly a 75—degree cliff.  Its breathtaking extent performs equally with the ThousandFeetBuilding on Hua Mountain.  […]

Overline Bridge is an over 300m long bridge which is just 20m far from the mountain’s top.   But the distance between it and the bottom is more than 300m.  Connecting the rock trench to Mosi Tower, the whole bridge is nearly a 75—degree cliff.  Its breathtaking extent performs equally with the ThousandFeetBuilding on Hua Mountain.  Especially in cloudy days, clouds are just under your feet when you cross the bridge.  It is said that about 2600 years ago, Jie Zhitui found an aged guarding a stove in the clouds with a white dragon beside.  When Jie Zhitui climbed on the cliff and saw what had happened, the dragon had disappeared.   To his surprise, where the white dragon sat became a dangerous plank.  So that the aged was Lord Lao Zi and the dragon was his dharma protectors.  Afterwards, Emperor Zhao once pitched camps nearby the plank and fought with his enemy.  Depending on the advantageous terrain, his army fought repeatedly and won every battle.  The Overline Bridge was in bad repair from then on.  The new bridge was renovated and extended in 1998.

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