Nestled in the mountains of northern Shanxi province, Xinzhou has long been an important strategic area for its role as the 'gateway to Shanxi'. With a history stretching back over 2000 years, Xinzhou is most famous for its wealth of cultural attractions and natural scenic spots.

For Buddhists, Xinzhou is home to one of the four most sacred Buddhist mountains in China - Wutai Mountain. Rising over 3,000 meters, this forested mountain contains more than 53 sacred monasteries and temples. Visitors can explore the beautiful natural scenery while discovering ancient temples and relics of various dynasties.

Another famous mountain is Luyashan, known for its ancient temples and lush forests. It is part of Luyashan National Forest Park, a designated UNESCO biosphere reserve. The park contains nearly 1,000 different species of plants and animals, offering many scenic hiking trails for nature lovers.

In addition to its mountain scenery, Xinzhou has many cultural and historical attractions. The iconic Yanguan Pass is considered the most important pass of the Great Wall, once serving as a military fortress since ancient times. Travelers can walk along the oldest section of the pass while appreciating its strategic position.

The Yuwangdong Cave is China's largest dissolved cave, filled with karst formations and underground rivers. This natural limestone cave extends over 10 kilometers and contains some of the most spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations to be found in northern China.

Other cultural sites include the grand Yanjia Ancestral Hall, the largest existing ancestral temple in China, and the historic former residence of politician Yan Xishan. Around Xinzhou there are also scenic villages like Xuan Kong Village literally 'hanging in the air' on a cliffside, offering visitors beautiful vistas.

For over 2,000 years, Xinzhou has been treasured for its strategic importance, its Buddhist culture, and its mix of historical sites and natural wonders. Whether you want to climb mountains, explore caves, or discover ancient temples, Xinzhou promises an unforgettable travel experience. Its diversity of attractions makes it one of the most popular destinations in northern Shanxi.

Best Travel Time

autumn

Suggested playing days

2 days

Local climate

Central temperate continental monsoon climate

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