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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  • September 28, 2017
    Though the view from the walls might be quite nice, specially if the weather is good, there is one bad thing about the walls: you can only climb up on 2 points, though you can exit on several. This me...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    The wall surrounds the old town. It's only faced on the one side with the reverse side of packed earth exposed to the elements. Not as big as Xian city wall nor as high.  more »
  • September 20, 2017
    Unfortunately we had a ready walked the Xian City Wall just days before walking the Pingyao wall. So, we weren't as impressed as we might have been if we hadn't. Saying that, it was lovely to escape t...  more »
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  • May 20, 2017
    Well preserved.
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    I loved this place
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  • June 14, 2017
    Spectacular stop obligads if you want to know a traditional place.
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  • April 5, 2017
    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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