"The Province of Shanxi is situated west-south-west of Beijing. The major centre of Taigan is 375Km from the capital with the ancient walled city of Pingyao, the illustration on the cover that will catch your eye being a further 450Km away. Pingyao is the best-preserved ancient walled city in China (CH.1). It thrived during the Ming Dynasty between 1368-1644 AD. The former wealth of the Province is illustrated by the Courtyard Houses of wealthy families, all with extensive compounds dating principally from the 18th century (CH.3).
Pingyao is world heritage site. To go alongside the walled city is the spectacular Shuanglin Temple with its collection of 2,000 painted statues from the Song and Yuan dynasties (CH.4). TheRead more nearby mountains, many with religious connotations, are equally awesome as are the sacred monasteries and other temples and pagodas galore (CHs.5-7). The most remarkable of all is the Hanging Monastery at the foot of Mount Heng, one of the Five Sacred Mountains of Taoism, apparently hanging on a sheer cliff-face (CH.8). The carvings of the Yungang Grottos, some 51,000 statues of the Buddha in 252 caverns, dating originally from the 5th and 6th centuries are equally impressive (CH.10)."
The accompanying traditional Chinese music is little different from others in the series."
-- Robert J Farr , MusicWeb International
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Format: NTSC, Digital 2.0, 5.1 / DTS 5.1, Aspect Ratio 16:9
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Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Nice videoAugust 31, 2013By Eugene P. (San Francisco, CA)See All My Reviews"Good quality video of very picturesque and interesting sites in China. The music was not as interesting. Would have preferred informative narration. An informative booklet is enclosed however."Report Abuse