City Wall of Pingyao, Pingyao County

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. Use our Pingyao County travel itinerary planner to visit City Wall of Pingyao on your trip to Pingyao County, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The Pingyao Ancient City Wall goes around the entire city -- and is in excellent condition. I recommend a stroll at sunset. The light falling over the rooftops is beautiful.  more »
  • Being a fan of Chinese history, it is a joy to walk the city wall of pingyao. Restored during the Ming period, it is well preserved. You also get to see Pingyao Old Town from the top. I personally thi...  more »
  • Visit the wall of Pingyao throughout their journey gives a beautiful idea of the wonder of this ancient walled city. It offers unique views of the interior and the modern city outside the walls. There are approximately 6 km of highly recommended route.
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  • Spectacular history. So much to see here. Allow at least one whole day to see this ancient city, that is so well preserved. The tourist facilities within the city walls are organized very well and in a way that blends in with the city. This is a very unique window into history.
  • Monumental walls. Definitely worth visiting
  • 100% ancient city
  • Unique experience, well preserved
  • Well preserved.

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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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