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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

Karenkatz,
Westborough, Massachusetts
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Shanxi Travel Guide
Location: Shanxi Province is at the east of Loess Plateau and the west of T’ai-hang Mountains

Population:35,712,111

Area: with an area of 156,579 square kilometers

Nationalities: Han ethnicity makes up almost the entire population of Shanxi Province with 99.75% and the Ethnic Minorities only 0.25%.

History:
Shanxi Province is one of the oldest territories in China with a history leading back to 2,000 years ago, it was the territory of the Jin State. After Emperor Qin unified China, the five shires of Taiyuan, Shangdang, Hedong, Yanmen and Daijun were established in Shanxi. Taiyuan was the third largest city along the Yellow River Basin during the Sui Dynasty. At the end of the Sui Dynasty, Li Yuan and his sons rose in revolt in Taiyuan, established the capital in Chang’an and regarded Taiyuan as “ Beijing ”.

Shanxi enjoyed a vital position and played an especially important role in troubled times during the Five Dynasties. Gu Zuyu, a man of the Qing Dynasty, pointed out in the Essentials of Historical Geography: to change the situation of the World, one must seize Shanxi. During the Ming Dynasty, the Shanxi Administrative Province was established in Taiyuan and later was renamed Administration Commission, ruling five prefectures and three cantons of Shanxi. During the Qing Dynasty, it was officially called Shanxi.

Climate: Shanxi enjoys a continental monsoon climate with four distinctive seasons: chilly winter, windy spring,, hot summer and mild autumn. Average January temperatures are below 0°C, while average July temperatures are around 21°C -26°C. Its annual precipitation average around 350-700mm, with 60% of it concentrated between June and August.

Transportation: The transport infrastructure in Shanxi Province is developed. There are airline, national highways and railways connected the province with other cities of China.

The province has compalted seven double-track electric railways extending to coastal ports such as Qinghuandao, Qingdao, Yantai and Lianyungang.

There are airports in Taiyuan, Datong, Changzhi, etc which connects Shanxi with more than 28 cities. The International routes linking Shanxi include Hongkong, Singapore, Russia and Japan.

With Taiyuan as a hub, the highway in Shanxi Province form a road network linking all the counties in the province and the cities in other provinces.

Local Specialties: Old Mature Vinegar (Shanxi Laochencu), Fenjiu, Taiyuan Jade Carving, Datong Paper Cut

Local Food: Shanxi cuisine is famed for flavor food, especially for noodles, its fried flatbread and its sour taste.



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