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Pingyao Ancient City, Pingyao County

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Get a glimpse of the nation's architectural past at the UNESCO-protected Pingyao Ancient City, 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 Pingyao Ancient City and other Pingyao County attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We used the official audio tour. After you get the hang of it how it will begin talking when it reaches one of the buildings, it works fine Half-price admission in the city and half-price for the audi...  more »
  • The ancient city is a marvel. Tourist destination of Chinese who find their past remained intact throughout, in the ancient city walls and the entire urban core made up of narrow streets between beautiful homes and residences. Little frequented by tourism offers an authentic slice of Chinese architecture, typical houses and historical realities very interesting as the first Chinese Bank, the great gates of the city, the Temple of Confucius, and more. Interesting some hotels set in ancient residences. Authentically Chinese street food streets netting and typical products, smells, tastes, sounds and people from every corner of this wonderful land. Inside the ancient walls can circulate only. electric vehicles and you travel just with rickshaws or similar whizzing silent in an environment that seems straight out of old paintings of the times of Marco Polo. Easily accessible with great, efficient, spotless high-speed train that links with Beijing and with Xiian better than the plane.
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  • We are here a few days on our trip. Beautiful old town. It's not that big, but there is a lot to see: shops, small kapperszaakje with 1 Chair, carts with merchandise. The staying in such an old Chinese House was an experience in itself. Eaten in people's homes, the best meal ever. Fantastic memories of Pingyao!
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  • Spent two nights here. First day was the ancient city, second day was Mianshan mountain and the Wang Family compound. This old city is preserved pretty well and really let's you feel like you are seeing China as it was a few hundred years ago. We stayed in an old family compound converted to a hotel. Hard beds and modest living quarters, but it was all part of the experience.
  • Pretty good. Nice ancient town with nice atmosphere. Not too expensive. Worth it.
  • Really good idea to make a stopover here if you're traveling from Beijing to Xi'an! Nice place, authentic and good, cheap street food.
  • Stay 1-2 days in Pingyao to walk in the alleyways and along the ancient city walls. It is becoming quite touristy but prices for rooms and food are still moderate.
  • Make sure you include Pingyao in your China itinerary. The ancient walled city is wonderfully preserved. This is China's history in living colour. Pingyao is easy to navigate and able to be toured on foot. No guides needed. A single ticket gives you access to all the historic sites. Take it at your own pace, see what you want to see. I highly recommend a visit to the Government Buildings though. The place is a maze but around each corner is another delightful courtyard garden, or serene pond. I strongly encourage all travellers to make a trip to Pingyao; fascinating, slow paced, and charming.