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Local Products and Handicrafts
Vinegar from Shanxi Province is well known in the country. The Old Vinegar from Qingxu County is the best of the vinegar from the province. The brand Shanxi Old Vinegar was first created by Wang Laifu lived in the reign of Qing Emperor Shunzhi. Old Vinegar is famous for its fragrance, tasty and no sediments. Longer time it preserves for, more fragrant it becomes. It doesn't go moldy in summer or freeze in winter.
Duanmu inkslab is from Duanmu (or Wenshan) Mountain on the southern bank of Hutuo River. They are of three colors: purple, black and green. The stone in purple color is the best. The village on the western slope is famous for its inkslabs. Especially those engraved in an ancient style are elegant.
Pingyao Braised Beef
The beef braised with five-aroma seasoning from Pingyao has a long history. The beef is tender, fragrant and tasty. The older the cattle are and the more fragrant the braised beef is, owing to good quality of local water and unique cooking ways.
The glazed articles from Taiyuan have a long history. The Su family in Ma Village began this career as early as in the Tang Dynasty. The glazed articles have added colors to the ancient cultural relics and ancient buildings.
Imitated Ancient Articles
Central Shanxi Paper-Cuts
Rural people on outskirts of Taiyuan have paper-cuts according to their tradition to be stuck on windows. They have a rich content. The general designs include flowers, birds, animals, fairly tales, celebrations and lucky characters. These paper-cuts are colorful and full of local flavor.
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