A journey to valleys, canyons in Shanxi
North China's Shanxi province -- where the Taihang Mountains wind north and south and the Yellow River flows -- is famous for its mountain and water scenery, especially the various meandering canyons and valleys which are ideal tourist destinations for the summer vacation.
Here are several typical valleys and canyons in Shanxi that will appeal to visitors:
Taihang Mountain Grand Canyon
Enthralling views are to be found over the Taihang Mountain Grand Canyon. [Photo/Shanxi Daily]
Located in the southeast of Huguan county, Taihang Mountain Grand Canyon -- with its unique landforms and its rare animal and plants -- is one of the 10 most beautiful canyons in China.
The Baquan Gorge or Eight Springs Gorge which has Proterozoic red sandstone, limestone and shale from the Paleozoic Cambrian and Ordovician periods, is the most typical scenic spot in the Taihang Mountain Grand Canyon, showcasing the long evolutionary history of ancient marine life.
The best period to travel in the canyon is between May and October.
Address: southeast of Huguan county, Changzhi city, Shanxi province
Visitors can have a tranquil time in the Tongtian Gorge. [Photo/Shanxi Daily]
Tongtian Gorge is in Hongtiguan town, 30 kilometers east to the county seat of Pingshun county. Tongtian Lake in the gorge is cool and pure and shows various colors under different sunlight.
The whole gorge, which is high in the west and low in the east, combines the majesty of mountains and the grace of water. It’s an ideal summer resort, with an average annual temperature of 9.5 C.
Address: Hongtiguan town, Pingshun county, Changzhi city, Shanxi province