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Pingyao Ancient City, Pingyao County

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Historic Site
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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  • Marvelous and feel like I'm dated back to 2700 years ago. Four hours by bullet train from Beijing or Xian and recommend to stay at least two days then you can continue to Yungang Grotto in Datong  more »
  • This is a truly ancient city. We had lunch at Yi De Hotel which I would give 10 stars if I could! The setting is incredible and the food was excellent!  more »
  • pingyao is an ancient city it has a huge wall that scatterd it the athmosphere is lovely and coulerfull and there are many sights to visit in the old city pingyao is mainly chinese touristic place but...  more »
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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.