No.20 Shuncheng Road, Pingyao County, Shanxi, 031100, China
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View from the bridge to the rectangular castle
Front steps to the 1st courtyard! Ambience!
Courtyard at night
Local Guide/Driver Taiyuan to Pingyao return
We are currently putting together our itinerary and organising our trip for April 2010. We would like to find out if anyone knows of a local guide/driver to go from Taiyuan to Pingyao. If so, how much roughly does it cost and is it possible to do a return trip from Taiyuan to Pingyao return in one day and have enough time to see the sights in Pingyao?
Re: Local Guide/Driver Taiyuan to Pingyao return
You don't really need a vehicle and driver of your own as there're plenty of buses between Taiyuan and Pingyao.
You could see the usual highlights in Pingyao in a daytrip, but staying overnight would be nice and you could do it at a more leisurely pace as well as just simply wander around the non-touristy bits as well.
Travel Tips for Pingyao
The Pingyao Tourist Ticket
To visit all of the attractions that Pingyao has to offer, it is best to purchase the town tourist ticket. This costs Y120. The problem is that if your time in town in limited than you cannot hope to visit all of the attractions that are available on the ticket which is eighteen sites in total. I proved to have alot of energy that day and did manage ten attractions in about six hours so I felt that I got the most out of my yen. To see all of sites available on the ticket then you will probably have to spend more than a day in Pingyao which might not be a bad idea if you want to escape modern China for a couple of days.
Want to do something different for a change?
Why not playing pool with the locals...
And forget about poolrooms - in china it all happens on the street.
An advice - don't go playin' pool for money, even if the locals say they haven't played for some years...
Cave dwellings behind the Wang Manor
As we saw them in winter, we can appreciate that the Shanxi cave dwellings are a clever adaptation to the climate: they are well insulated against the cold of winter as well as the heat of summer. People have been living this way for 5000 years!
But they must be rather dark, with windows only in the facade.
Our tour to the Wang Manor did not include visiting the dwellings behind it. We only could see them from the castle. The dwellings are dug out in the face of the hill and feature a typical half-circular facade.
Lei Lutai Guju
Lei Lutai Guju is a classic example of a Pingyao mansion with four interlocking courtyards. It belonged to the family of Lei Lutai. The various courtyards were divided up between both family members and servants according to rank. The buildings were extremely well preserved and there are superb examples of Ming Dynasty furniture in many of the rooms. The Lei Lutai Guju does not receive quite so many visitors as some of the other attractions in Pingyao but then again I visited it late in the day.
The Lei Lutai Guju is open from 8am to 7pm and is on the town tourist ticket.
Pingyao de noche /Pingyao by night
En cuanto oscurece encienden las luces e iluminan algunos de los edificios más importantes , como la torre y es agradable dar un paseo por las calles
No puedes ir demasiado tarde pues cierran todas las tiendas y se queda todo sin luz , muy poco agradable
As the day darkens they turn on the lights and illuminate some of the most important buildings, including the tower and is pleasant to stroll through the streets
You can not go too late because all the shops are closed y there is not light .It is not very pleasant
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