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City Wall of Pingyao, Pingyao County

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Marvel at the engineering, history, and scale of City Wall of Pingyao, one of the best preserved structures of its kind in the country, and part of a wider UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating back to 1370, the wall remains remarkably well intact, with six grand barbican gates and four main towers at its ends. The wall also features 72 watchtowers and more than 3,000 battlements, with those two numbers said to represent the 72 people of great wisdom in contemporary belief, and the 3,000 disciples of Confucius. With a total length of 6 km (4 mi), a height of 12 m (40 ft), and between 3 and 6 m (10-20 ft) wide, the impressively engineered structure acts as a powerful emblem of the city and its history. With our online itinerary creator, Pingyao County attractions like City Wall of Pingyao can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We did not see anything special here. Unless you have never been to a walled city do not bother. The most interesting thing we learned was that the small towns outside the walls were laid out such tha...  more »
  • Even though I visited during peak season (mid-July), it was largely deserted during late morning/early afternoon - which was lucky for me as I split my shorts jumping onto a metal horse a quarter of t...  more »
  • The whole walk is 6 km long with comparable views. Best views are around the gates. Maybe you take a walk from North to South, or another half.  more »
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  • Opening hours are too short. Don't open in the evening.
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Where to stay in Pingyao County

Many visitors to Pingyao County consider staying in one of the hotels and hostels located within the city walls to get the authentic experience. The converted Ming and Qing dynasty buildings located on the main roads--in particular, the pedestrianized street leading east to west through town--house some luxurious options, with onsite spas, restaurants, and pools. Take a peak at the side streets in the old city for some more budget-friendly hotels, as well as the odd hostel with dormitory-style rooms.
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