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Ancient City of Pingyao, Pingyao County
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Get a glimpse of the nation's architectural past at the UNESCO-protected Ancient City of Pingyao, one of the country's best-preserved imperial-era towns. Founded during the 14th century, the complex features traditional homes and streets typical of the Ming dynasty. Explore this historic neighborhood to find almost 4,000 preserved buildings, many of which feature a setup of outer gates and inner courtyards. Grab some street food from the stalls along the main streets, or pick up a handmade souvenir as a memento of your trip. Don't miss the massive city wall, either; perhaps the crowning glory of the site, the wall stands nearly 10 m (33 ft) high and has a thickness of 5 m (16.4 ft) in some places, as it wraps its way for more than 6.1 km (3.8 mi) around the city. Our Pingyao County vacation builder makes visiting Ancient City of Pingyao and other Pingyao County attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Beautiful old city, tastefully restored in many places, but also with old dwellings. If you leave the walled city in the East, you immediately enter parts of the real China: poor, super-simple housing...  more »
  • Host is local Chinese who lived in this ancient city for long. She is friendly, nice and helpful. I arrived very early 5:30am ans weather is very cold. She welcomed me with hotsoup and pingyao tea tha...  more »
  • This is one of the only cities that shows the real China how it was before. Get yourselves lost in the streets, even at night. It's very safe, although it doesn't look like at night in the dark. There...  more »