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. Plan your visit to Pingyao Ancient City and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Pingyao County trip planner.
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  • October 2, 2017
    So many highlights inside the city wall which is only 7km around, so everything is within walking distance. Outside the town, visit the Wang family home and the underground castle in a comfortable day...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    The old city of Pingyao is really beautiful. if you just want to explore the streets and shops, you donĀ“t need to buy a ticket, but if you want to go inside the courtyards and temples, you will need a...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    I only 'discovered' Pingyao whilst researching my trip to China and thought it might be interesting. I wasn't disappointed. The old city is a maze of streets and lanes (West Street) is tourist central...  more »
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  • September 18, 2016
    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.
  • November 11, 2016
    Pretty good. Nice ancient town with nice atmosphere. Not too expensive. Worth it.
  • July 16, 2016
    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.
  • November 20, 2015
    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.
  • November 14, 2016
    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.

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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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