Xinzhou Travel Guide
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Location: Xinzhou City lies in north-central Shanxi Province, neighbors Datong in the north and Taiyuan in the south. In the west, it is separated from Shaanxi Province and Inner Mongolia by the Yellow River, and is separated from Hebei Province by Taihang Mountains in the east. 

History: Xiurong was the ancient name for Xinzhou. Before it was brought into the shires that the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC) established in this region, it successively belonged to the Jin and Zhao kingdoms. It gained the present name in the early Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD). Since the Tang and Song dynasties, it had become a town of great military importance in northern Shanxi.      
Physical Features: Xinzhou is a part of the Loess Plateau with a mountainous region occupying over fifty percent of the city's territory. The interior of the city is rugged and uneven. The terrain is higher in the northeast from the Taihang Mountains; Mt. Wutain is situated in eastern Xinzhou. 

Climate: Enjoying a temperate continental monsoon climate, the region has an annual average temperature of 4.3-9.2℃ (39.7-48.6℉). The weather is favorable, warmer in winter and cooler in summer.  
When to Go: Summer and autumn are the best seasons to admire the beautiful natural sceneries here under bright sky.         

Special Local Products: mushrooms, Codonopsis Root (Dang Shen), Mt. Wutai mineral water, apricots, pears and Daixian County yellow wine, sea buckthorn fruit

Mt. Wutai located in northeast Wutai County, can be considered the top natural scenery in Shanxi. It is also a famous sacred Buddhist mountain in China characterized by a grand Buddhist temple complex, beautiful mountain scenery and folk customs. The mountain is made up of a cluster of five peaks with the north peak being the highest, 3,058 meters (10,033 feet) above sea level, ranking at the head of the four famous Buddhist mountains in China. There were more than 360 temples in Buddhism's prime. Among the extant temples, the oldest was constructed in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220). Wanghai Peak in the east, Guayue Peak in the West, Jinxiu Peak in the south, Yedou Peak in the north and Cuiyan Peak in the center are galaxies of Mt. Wutai.        


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