The Kylin Grand Hotel
No.76 Chenghuangmiao Street, Pingyao County, Shanxi, 031100, China
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Garden at the rectangular castle
Incense sticks burning aplenty from worshippers
View on Pingyao from the town wall
PingYao and Datong
I want to go from Shenzen to Datong and PingYao, but am still looking for the best way to go from PingYao to Datong, and from Datong back to Shenzen. I understand that it is not possible to fly directly, but can anyone tell me what options there are with a stop over somewhere on route?
Also any suggestions for nice, different, good but still cheap hotels in PingYao and Datong would be very much appreciated!
RE: PingYao and Datong
Hi, there. This is Jason Lee, I'm live in Pingyao now, and used to work for Youth Hostel here. I would like to welcome you to Pingyao and tell you something about here. I advice you to go to Taiyuan first, where is the provincial capital, about 2 hours driving far from Pingyao. It's possible to get Taiyuan from Shenzheng directly. From Pingyao, you could get to Datong by train No.1673. Depart Pingyao at 23:21, arrive Datong at 7:40 next day moring. Hard-sleeper around RMB75. Soft-sleeper Around RMB120. From Taiyuan, bus is the best way to get to Pingyao. Take taxi from airport to bus station (RMB25), then take the bus to Pingyao(RMB20/p.p). The bus leave taiyuan to Pingyao at every hour, so no worries and hurries. As far as good hostel, lots of options. You could stay in Youth Hostel, clean, friendly staff, traditional courtyards. And meanwhile, some family running hostels are good and cheap as well, it's up to you. OK, that's all, just let me know if you wanna get more details about here!
Cheers, maybe see you in Pingyao!
Despite offering some amazing cultural and historical sights, Datong is not that famous for tourists, so there is no huge number of places to stay.
For YH I recommend the FEITIAN BINGUAN, which is opposite to the trainstation on left side of the suare. They charge 40 Kuai for 3 bed dormitory. Facilities are ok, toilets in Chinese style.
You can get to Datong from Beijing as Hard Seat for 46Yuan and nearly 6h or by Hard Sleeper from Xian (I went the other direction to Xian for 130 Kuai)
For more details you can check my page.....
Travel Tips for Pingyao
Keeping interiors warm
One of the practices I had not seen before (coming from a warm country) is material being put in front of doorways to keep the cold from getting in. At our hotel a blue nylon "blanket "(with probably down in it) was used. It then became a game to discover hidden rooms tucked behind this material.
Later, we discovered shops using the same device this time with thick plastic sheets. If we had not known about this we would never have entered certain shops thinking they were closed.
Polished Lacquer Ware
There are many souvenir shops selling polished lacquer ware along the streets of Pingyao. Polishe lacquer ware is a kind of high quality lacquer craft named for its hand polished luster. You can find all kinds of lacquer items include jewelry boxes, bowls, large and small size folded screens and plates. I bought a plate lacquer ware sized 40cmX40cm. The owner charged at 399RMB and I finally got it at 260RMB.
Walk the most complete city wall!!
The Pingyao City Wall is said to be the most perfectly preserved wall in China. It was first built by Xizhou Xuanwang between 827-728BC. It was expanded around 1370AD.
It has a total length of 6.4km, is 10m high and 5 m wide. There are 6 gates, altogether 72 towers (some of which you can climb up) and 3,000 crenels.
Depending on where you try to climb up the wall you may or may not need to pay. You can walk the full length of the city wall if you wish. For us, it was very interesting in terms of seeing the back of very traditional buildings, everyday life of the inhabitants, corn being dried out on the roofs. We entered at Gongji Gate and got off Yingxun Gate.
XianYa Youth Hostel
I was very happy to see there was a youth hostel just next to the County Office and it reminded me all my old memories when I was as a backpacker travelled around in the UK and northern Europe.
The youth hostel named "XianYa Hotel" with the logo of youth hostel at its windows. I visited the lobby of the hotel, it was cozy, warm and amiable. I loved it at once. There was a blackboard on the wall with the travel information. I left a note to look for the partners to Wangjia Da Yuan next day, unfortunately, it didn't work. Maybe, 20:00 p.m. was too late for finding partners renting a van together. The van was charged at 600 RMB, capacity is 6 people.
I met an American young man at the hotel who was teaching English at a university in Shanghai. He took his vocation time travelling around China. Even he stayed at the other hotel, he liked coming the youth hostel to meet and talk with people. He luckily found the partners going to Wangjia DaYuan yesterday.
The charge of hostel is 160 for a single room and 40 per person for the room of 7 people.
First draft bank-Ri Sheng Chang remittance bank
This bank was the first draft bank in China (1823)and was the beginning of a nation wide financial system ending the syetm of escorting silver currency by armed escort agencies.
This building consists of three yards: the business hall, accounting room/information room, reception hall and at the back offices for the managers, clerks, apprentices as well the kitchen and banquet hall.
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