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Pingyao Highlights

  • Pro
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     Ancient, authentic 

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     dusty, food is lousy 

  • In a nutshell
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     must see it! 

Pingyao Things to Do

  • Day trip to Wang Family's Castle

    This is usually visited on an excursion from Pingyao that includes a visit to Zhangbi's Undrground Castle.My friend and I really enjoyed visiting this castle...especially being able to walk around the top of the walls surrounding the main complex. Covering a huge area with a vast number of rooms and sectioned areas this was like a family's own...

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  • 19) County Government Office (West)

    On the west side of the County Government Office, there is a county prison. The prison includes male and female prisons for both civil and homicide cases. The Department of Supervision is on the north of the prison, being a place for the official of the prisons like living and dinning area. Temple of Ten and Temple of Horse are also located on the...

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  • 19) County Government Office (Central)

    Pingyao County Government Office is located on the middle of Zhenfujie Street. This is the biggest attraction in ancient Pingyao City. This 26,600 square meters government office compound was built in symmetrical layout. On the main axis includes The Gate, The Ceremonial Gate, The Court Hall Complex, The entryway to a large old style house, The...

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  • 16) Pingyao Theater & Nine-Dragon Wall

    Pingyao Theater is located on Temple of City God street, next to Temple of Confucius. This theater was called Li Le Tang 礼乐堂, during Qing dynasty. It was an ancient entertainment center for the City of Pingyao. It was a resting place for merchants to the city, with dancing and singing performances. It is a theater now having...

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  • 15) Temple of Confucius: Dacheng Hall

    Temple of Confucius in Pingyao is the oldest Confucius temple in China. It was first built in the early years of Tang Dynasty between (CE 627-649), Zhengguan era, under the reign of Emperor Taizong. During Jin Dynasty (CE 1163) under the reign Emperor Shizong, this temple was reconstructed and renamed as Confucius Temple. It retains its current...

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  • 6) Museum of Chinese Chamber of Commerce

    Due to preserve the history and culture of Chinese Business of Commerce, Pingyao government has established this museum to highlight not only the business in ancient Pingyao, but how the Chinese business cultures were distributed to the Chinese communities in the whole world. This museum comes with a meeting room, a research center, and a resting...

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Pingyao Restaurants

  • Excellent food and atmosphere

    I had visited the Sakura Cafe in Beijing and so knew what to expect at this place. It's very popular with western tourists as it has a very western ambience with western decor and music. On several occasions, I spotted passing locals stopping outside to see and hear what was going on inside. The food menu is very good with a lot of western, Chinese...

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  • The CLean Atmosphere and Good Food

    The restaraunt is very clean and the atmosphere is cozy and amiable. There are paid internet services being convenient to the travelers. The power sockets are provided at the walls around the food table which is so convenient for charing the electronics.Food itself tastes very good and is in a very reasonable price. Local stirfired yam.

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  • Excellent food

    Well you guessed it - we could not get enough out of our hotel. We had to eat there and I must say it was some of the best food we had in China!!Breakfast: Chinese bread, tofu in spicy sauce, orange juice, tea total cost: 82 YuanDinner: Special Pingyao Mountain noodlesPingyao Beef Beans.Drinks reasonable –Tsingdao Beer 8 Yuan, Heineken 15 Yuan...

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Pingyao Nightlife

  • Pingyao streets at night

    Pingyao old quarter is quite touristic site - that is why streets are full of visitors having their time in cafes and restaurants or just walking about.

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  • Dipped and enjoy the serene moment

    I came to the bar of Yunjincheng hotel to enjoy the serene moment of drinking and reading. It is very quiet here with the silk pendants around my seat. Candle is lit, writting to here, I remember one of my friends mentioned he like soft candle light. Not knowing where he is, I can feel the romance in his heart. I order a small cup of pure Gin. This...

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  • Just relaxt after dark

    It is a small town and you may just want to take a walk after dinner. Although most restaurants offer drinks, but many will close at 11pm. It is also a good time for shooping leisure

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Pingyao Transportation

  • From taiyun to pingyao

    We took bus from jiannan bus station, since the train ticket sold out on the day we wanted to go pingyao, bus leaves every half hour or when it is full, it will take 2 hours (even with some traffic jam in the city) to pingyao. Pingyao station is closer to the north gate, you can walk to the gate or pay 2 yuan per person to take the battery tuk tuk....

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  • Pingyao Railway Station

    Pingyao Railway Station is located northwest outside of the Ancient City Wall. When you arrive the train station, it takes you around 15 minutes walk to the Fengyi Gate (West Gate), which is the nearest gate. It is a "T" junction road in front of the Railway Station. You should walk on the front road, Shuncheng Road, then turn left on Xifu Da Jie...

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  • Pingyao/ Taiyuan to Xian

    For the sleeper trains between Pingyao/Taiyuan to Xian, I recommend you to take the train from Taiyuan to Xian. Reason: There are more trains between Taiyuan to Xian. You can have a better train with Air-condition from Taiyuan. All the trains from Pingyao to Xian have no air-condition, and very difficult to get ticket. Trains from Pingyao to...

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Pingyao Shopping

  • Making & selling

    For some reason, there are a lot of shops making and selling shoes in Pingyao. They look kind of like slippers (indoor shoes) more than outdoor ones but nice all the same.

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  • De todo en sus tiendas / Everything on...

    No somos fanáticos de las compras , pero las calles de Pingyao están llenas de todo tipo de tiendas , en las que es muy divertido entrar y ver la cantidad de cosas curiosas que tienen .Tienes las tiendas de carne de Pinyao y de comida que están atiborradas de Chinos , las de antigüedades con sus retratos de los emperadores , sus cerámicas ,...

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  • Yellow Wine

    It was said the female empire CiXi of Qing Dynasty had drunk the yellow wine of ChangShenYuan when she fled from Beijing when 8 country allies invaded.So, the shop is very famous nowadays. I bought 2 bottle of 500 ml yellow wine at 32 RMB and a small bottle of 8 RMB which I drank before my night sleep. It made me feel warm inside and fell into...

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Pingyao Local Customs

  • Halls in Temple of Erlang (Part II)

    Hall of Yuan Jun : " Yuan Jun is the daughter of DongYue emperor. The statue of YuanJun is the immortal Goddess to whom women pray for the ability to give birth a baby and for fer protection and blessing to all children. " In Chinese: 元君殿 (Yuan Jun Dian)Hall of Dong Yue: " Dongyue Emperor is the highest God in status to manage...

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  • Halls in Temple of Erlang (Part I)

    Hall of Earth: God of Earth is also called Sheshen, is the lowest God in status in Taoism. It is also the most universal God which people believe. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, on the second day of February, people worship the God of Earth for a good harvest and abundant year." (Notes from Signboard) In Chinese: 土地祠...

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  • Rooms in First Armed Escort of North...

    Front Court:Cabinet Head House: Cabinet head is the director of external business of armed escorts. He is mainly in charge of dealing with small business deals.Middle Court:Accounting House: It is the financial institution of armed escorts. There is usually one accounting officer and 1 to 2 assistants. They are mainly in charge of accounting...

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Pingyao Warnings and Dangers

  • Wrong train tickets!!

    Since we had to get train tickets from Pingyao to Xian, we were told by friends we met that their guesthouse would be able to obtain the train tickets for us for the next night. So we went to Tian Yuan Kui Guesthouse on Nan Dajie to ask them to purchase the tickets for us. We specifically asked for 2 soft sleepers. She was on the phone immediately...

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  • No barriers

    I am no sure how long the Pingyao council will allow the wall to stay as it is before they get hit with possible insurance claims. It would be a shame to alter it in any way.The city wall has a charm all to itself but there are no walls on the inside to stop people falling off. If you have children I would be extra careful and think twice about...

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  • Take a torch with you

    A torch may be needed when visiting sites because as it gets dark some of the exhibits do not have lighting.You will also need lighting in terms of the narrow stairs you may need to climb and low overhead beams.

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Pingyao Tourist Traps

  • Pingao - NOT what you think

    Based on the glowing reviews on Pingyao, I expected to find this city a fascinating place. Having been there, I am exceedingly disappointed in the way it was portrayed.First of all, an ESSENTIAL piece of information that nobody mentioned   - you CANNOT go into ANY of the tourist sites without the 150 Yuan ticket. 150 includes all, BUT, and I can't...

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  • there is no real antiques!

    You will find lots of street vendors selling antiques. Mostly are fake. Don't pay big price for these If you really like these stuff, try slicing the prices very hard! most stuff can get below RMB100

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Pingyao What to Pack

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If travelling during winter a hot water bottle!!

    Miscellaneous: You'll need a portable reading light as we found that most lights connected to the top bunk in the train cabin did not work.
    As well, we found that most bedside lights were very weak.
    Torch to take along as as it gets dark exhibits are not lit.

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Pingyao Off The Beaten Path

  • Catholic Church in Pingyao

    The Catholic church in Pingyao is situated in the Old Quarter close to city walls. The church, what surprised me, was open. It probably belongs to "official" Catholic Church in China (the Church is divided in two: official - approved by the communist authorities and unofficial - hidden and persecuted). We walked inside and noticed that it is in a...

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  • Catholic Church

    This Catholic Church is located in the south-east of the town near the eastern wall.Just off Cheng Huang Temple Street.

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  • Buildings of Pingyao

    I took a walk around the eastern side of the town where no tourists seem to venture and here's some photo's of the buildings. Pingyao looks like it's actually quite a poor town despite the barrage of tourists. This is the "real" side of the town and well worth a visit to get some contrast to that of the main tourist areas. Some of the buildings...

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Pingyao Favorites

  • Pingyao - city of lanterns

    Pingyao is a city famous for lanterns decorating houses in the old quarter. Lanterns are a colourful accent in the grays of the streets. The view is so beautiful that the city was used as a background in some films.

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  • Through Ticket

    In order to visit all the attractions, there's a one-time admission ticket that allows entry to about 20 attractions. It costs RMB120 and is valid for three days. The only sights that it doesn't cover are the Bell Tower and the Shuanglin and Zhenguo Temples that are outside of Pingyao. I bought my ticket from the entrance to the Temple of the City...

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  • For the glory of China!

    On leaving the train from Xi'an in Pingyao my daughter lost her wallet. Within an hour we were informed that we had left a suitcase at the station. We were lost in translation, because we had all our belongings. Until my daughter wanted to buy a ticket .... no wallet. Our hotel, TianYuanKui, helped us contacting the police and the suitcase turned...

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2) Temple of Erlang
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