Tianlongshan Grottoes

The Tianlongshan (heavenly dragon mountain) grottoes are located 40 km from Taiyuan. To get here, we took a bus to Qingxu and then negotiated for a private car to do the round trip up the mountain for 200 RMB, including the entrance ticket. We were driven to the top of the scenic area, from where … Continue reading Tianlongshan Grottoes

Shanxi Provincial Museum

This museum is perplexingly huge - just to get inside we had to walk up several flights of stairs and around the outside, a route that took several minutes to walk. Inside however, it seemed mostly empty space - with large empty hallways and stairwells. That weird emptiness aside, there was certainly a lot of … Continue reading Shanxi Provincial Museum

Jinci Temple Complex

My first impression of this place was being overwhelmed by its sheer size. The (admittedly rather brief) look I'd had online implied it was just a single temple with a few famous halls, built and expanded continuously between the Sui and Qing Dynasties... which was true I guess... but more warning about the sheer amount … Continue reading Jinci Temple Complex