China's Shanxi Province is located in the north of China and has a unique personality. Neighboured by Inner Mongolia and heralding a long ancient history there is an abundance of interesting sites to explore especially in and around historic Pingyao, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This wonderful town has one of the finest historic townscapes in China and is completely enchanting; you'll find quiet lanes lined entirely with eighteenth and nineteenth century buildings and charming courtyards that take you back to a time gone by. For history enthusiasts, it really demonstrates the evolution of architectural styles through imperial China and was once the banking capital of China. Spend a few days here exploring it's captivating history. It's a must if you're in this part of China.