Shanxi Province Travel GuideEdit This The best resource for sights, hotels, restaurants, bars, what to do and see
Shanxi has rich cultural and historical sites. After Qin Shihuang unified Chinese states, Shanxi became one of the earliest centres of Chinese culture and civilisation, whose northern area became a defensive bulwark against marauding tribes from the north and west. During the Sui and the Tang dynasties (chao) it once developed as a financial center. Pinyao, one of the four best-preserved ancient cities in China, is the highlights of Shanxi. Mt. Wutai, one of the sacred Buddhist mountains with picturesque natural scenery is situated here. The splendid Yungang Grottoes and 1400-year-old Hanging Monastery are also the attractions in Shanxi.
One third of all China's coal reserves are in this province, which is also rich in iron, cobalt, bauxite and aluminum. The mineral and ore resources make Taiyuan, it's capital, the major industrial centre.