Surrounded by impressive mountains, Jinzhong is a prefecture-level city in China’s Shanxi Province. The Four Points by Sheraton Jinzhong is conveniently located in the Yuci District, at the intersection of Long Hu Street and Xin Jian Bei Road. Government offices, retail shops, and Jinshang Park are just steps away. By car, the hotel is about 10 minutes from the city center, 20 minutes from Taiyuan Wusu International Airport (TYN), and 40 minutes from the center of Taiyuan.
Explore the Ancient City of Pingyao, a UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site about 45 minutes from the hotel. Dating back about 2,700 years, it is one of China’s best-preserved cities. Surrounded by a six-kilometer wall comprising six main gates and 72 watchtowers, it also includes hundreds of historical buildings, such as the Rischengchang Exchange Shop, China’s first bank that is now a museum; the old government office Yamen; the splendid Temple of the City God; and the commercial Ming-Qing Street. Other popular cultural sites include Qiao’s Compound and the expansive Wang’s Compound, sometimes dubbed “the forbidden city of Shanxi.” The millennium-old Shuanglin Temple and the Zhenguo Temple are also noteworthy.
Taiyuan is home to many attractions, including the early 17th-century Twin Pagoda Temple (Shuang Ta Si); Taiyuan’s most famous cultural landmark, the Chongshan Monastery; and the impressive collection of more than 93,000 objects and artifacts housed in a Confucian temple at the Shanxi Provincial Museum.
For local entertainment, attend a thoroughly enjoyable Shanxi opera performance. In addition to singing and acting, each riveting experience features acrobatics and special effects. Sample some of the local Jin Cai (Shanxi cuisine). Shoppers will find many options for wine, vinegar, inkstone, lacquerware, and paper-cutting art.