Report: Chen Diquan
(News from this newspaper) Shanxi is a city in China with a thousand-year ancient civilization. In the Spring and Autumn Period, it was the border of the Jin Kingdom. Today, when I visited Shanxi, a high loess slope, I discovered that Shanxi is a place full of “tomb robbing stories.” As soon as I arrived in Shanxi, one after another tomb robbing stories attracted the interest of the tourists from Guangming Reader Group.
There are many ancient tombs in Shanxi. This may be due to the long history of Shanxi’s ancient kings and generals. However, the wealthy merchants of the Jin Dynasty who were good at doing business also left thousands of small ancient tombs and precious antiques and jewelry. After being buried in the coffin, thousands of years later, it has become a huge market for Shanxi people to rob tombs.
Of course, the ancient tombs were not our goal, they just became our “talking point” on the long-distance bus to relieve the boredom on the road. Our focus was to visit the wonderful scenic spots in Shanxi.
Happily, the Sunshine Tour hosted by the readers’ group did not disappoint the readers and tourists of Guangming Daily. The five-star hotels, five-star attractions and special restaurants satisfied the tourists’ three major needs of “food, accommodation and transportation”. Senses of happiness, the first three groups of 70 passengers in September will go out happily and come home happily.
Many cultural monuments in Shanxi have been listed as world cultural heritage sites by UNESCO, which shows the profound heritage of this living cultural city.
Shanxi is an ancient city worthy of continuous exploration. It has 70% of China’s ancient buildings, the only four remaining wooden structures of the Tang Dynasty, the remains of the Great Wall of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the longest canyon in the Yellow River Basin, the largest group of ancient castles, etc. It is an ideal place for overseas Chinese to seek tranquility. The best scenic spots to visit.
The ancient city of Pingyao makes tourists unforgettable
Wang Family Courtyard, Pingyao Ancient City, Ancient County Guards, Yanmen Pass, Datong Ancient City Wall, Hanging Temple, etc. are all monuments with hundreds of thousands of years of history at your fingertips. Linfen, Datong, and Taiyuan are the locations of these five-star attractions.
Among the many beautiful scenic spots, Pingyao Ancient City is one of the attractions that tourists will never forget. This is a living ancient city that spans a thousand years. Through the distance of time, you can touch the architecture, food, religion, Shanxi merchants and official culture of 2,800 years ago. It is China’s It is the first five-star attraction to list the entire ancient city as a world cultural heritage.
The first bank in history, “Rishengchang Bank”, is located in this ancient city. This bank (bank) was founded by Pingyao Shanxi merchants in 1823. When we visited, we happened to meet it. Its 200th anniversary.
Two hundred years ago, this financial system was used to cash banknotes (equivalent to modern checks). Today, driven by modern technology, electronic wallets are prevalent and have long been eliminated by the times. For example, when we shop in China, we only need to open the Touch N Go eWallet uses the alliance Alipay payment system, so you don’t need to carry a handful of RMB banknotes when traveling in China.
The establishment of the Wang Family Courtyard originated from the Shanxi Shanxi merchants’ low-key style of not showing off their wealth. How can I say this? With a low-key style, can you build a private courtyard that is as grand as the Forbidden Palace in Beijing? This is because Shanxi merchants went abroad to do business, mostly in Chang’an (Beijing). After making money, they did not dare to show it off in the capital, so they took the money back to Shanxi and built compounds to avoid the trouble of being tracked by officials. .
As the group entered the courtyard, it started to rain lightly, which added to the nostalgic atmosphere of the ancient city. At night, Sunshine Travel specially arranged to stay at Yunjincheng Mansion in Pingyao Ancient City. It is an antique hotel where the king was. How much affection is there in the nobleman’s bedroom?
The next day we arrived at Yungang Grottoes, one of the largest grottoes in China, with 252 large and small niches and more than 50,000 Buddha statues. It is a classic masterpiece of Chinese Buddhist art and a 5A-level tourist attraction. Dozens of ancient people used it to It was molded in 2001, and we spent an hour walking around and looking at the flowers, admiring the exquisite ingenuity of the ancients.
When I came to the mouth of the Yellow River and saw the roaring water of the river, I couldn’t help but hear Fei Yuqing’s majestic “Yellow River Wish” in my ears.
The Hukou of the Yellow River is formed because after the Yellow River flows through the canyons and mountains, the torrent narrows to more than 500 meters wide and is squeezed into 50 meters by the two banks. The mouth of the river converges like the mouth of a pot, churning and pouring down.
The Hanging Temple is also one of the scenic spots in this group. The temple hangs on the cliff halfway up Cuiping Peak. It was first built in the Northern Wei Dynasty and has been standing in the air for more than 1,500 years. The stone steps are narrow and the climb to the top is really a test of leg strength. However, when a scene comes , no matter what, you have to climb up and worship.
Yunqiu Mountain Ice Cave is located in the southwestern part of Shanxi Province. We have to take a bus from Taiyuan and go through a 4-hour drive to reach the foot of the mountain. There is a small mountaineering tram on the way, so we can walk and ride half way up to the top of the mountain, which is more than 2,000 meters high. You can enter this rare and mysterious ice cave.
Walking into it is like traveling into a crystal clear world of ice and snow, presenting a dreamlike scenery, just like the Royal Palace of the Dragon Palace.
Father and son travel the land of China together with their buttocks exposed
On this trip, I also saw a heartwarming scene. 88-year-old Lu Zhorshen from Sungai Petani, accompanied by his son Lu Chuanyu, an electronic engineer, and his wife Lin Meiling, signed up to join the tour.
The father and son traveled to Shanxi’s scenic spots together. In an interview, Lu Chuanyao said that he had always wanted to travel the land of China arm in arm with his father. After learning that Guangming Daily held a “Wonderful Shanxi” readers group, he felt that the itinerary was suitable for his elderly father, so he signed up to join the group.
Senior Lu Zuoshen enjoyed this trip very much. Under the careful care of his son, he smiled brightly throughout the whole journey. He was also the darling of the whole group and was deeply loved by the group members.
The tour officially opens in December, please register now
It is worth mentioning that Sunshine Tourism has also paid great attention to accommodation, arranging 5-star accommodation including Taiyuan Intercontinental Hotel + Buffet (international 5-star), Yunqiu Mountain’s first and newest hotel NOVOTEL (international 5-star), Wyndham Hotel (International 5-star), Pingyao Ancient Town Ming and Qing style courtyard (5-star mansion), allowing group members to spend every comfortable night.
The December tour of “Wonderful Shanxi” Guangming Readers Group has officially started. Those who are interested in signing up should contact the hotline as soon as possible: 604-383 1338 / 017-678 1338
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