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Pingyao Travel Guide

-Travel to Pingyao

Here is a travel guide for the most famous ancient town in China – Pingyao. Boosting over 2,700 years of history, it is situated in the heart of Shanxi Province, right along the Fen River. The city's original layout, built during the Western Zhou Dynasty, is for the most part wholly preserved. Most of the city walls, streets, residence homes, and temples in the city remain undamaged and unchanged. Pingyao has a temperate climate. The spring varies between day and night with little rain and strong winds while the autumns are comfortable, which is the best period for your travel there.

Walking along the city wall and strolling through the city, you can't help but wonder if you were guided back to ancient times. It has kept all the characters and unfolded a full picture of culture and social development in Chinese history.Being prosperous and well developed in both Ming and Qing dynasties as a financial and business center, Pingyao was the assembly place of wealthy merchants who built the eye-catching courtyards one after the other, thus made the town the typical folk house in northern China. Some people may feel that the city is too small. However, you will be sure to be filled with a sense of satisfaction, even if only a transitory one, as you wander through Pingyao and are lost in a travel back through time.

There is a multitude of attractions in Pingyao including the impressive city walls that were constructed in 1370. Numerous temples are found outside the city such as the Shuanglin Monastery, which is famous for having over 2,000 colorful sculptures. Also worth seeing is Qiao's Compound that houses traditional art pieces and architecture. Below is the detailed guide to Pingyao attractions. Welcome to check out our other pages for more travel information about Pingyao. Feel free to contact us if you plan to travel to Pingyao. We will provide the professional advice, individual itinerary and excellent travel service.

Pingyao Attractions Guide

- Must See

  • the Rishengchang Exchange ShopThe Rishengchang Exchange Shop was established in 1823 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), with about 35 branches in Pingyao City, Shanxi Province. The Rishengchang Exchange Shop is considered as the first draft bank in Chinese h ... ...
  • Chenghuang TempleThe Chenghuang Temple, located in the southeast of Pingyao City, is one of the best preserved temples in China. The temple is deeply rooted in the religious culture and well reflected in the folk customs. The Chenghuang Temple per ... ...
  • the Ancient Ming and Qing StreetsThe Ancient Ming and Qing Streets was the noisiest business centre in Ming and Qing Dynasties, situated on South Avenue. The streets are not very wide, with various kinds of shops orderly arranged along the road. These shops were ... ...
  • Qiao Family's compoundThe Qiao Compound is an attractive travel site of Pingyao. It is not only known for its grandeur but also for the exquisite craftsmanship, which is reflected in the brick carvings, woodcarvings, and murals. From a bird view, the C ... ...
  • The Pingyao Ancient CityPingyao Ancient City is the most important travel site when you visit Pingyao. It situated in Pingyao County, right in the middle of Shanxi Province, just 100 km away from Taiyuan. It is renowned as a hotbed of historical and cult ... ...
  • Shuanglin TempleThe Shuanglin Temple is a well-known travel site of Pingyao. It is called the Zhongdu Temple but it was renamed Shuanglin during the Song Dynasty (960-1127). In Chinese, Shuang means two or double, and Lin, forest. The temple got ... ...
  • Qiaojiabu Folk Culture Museum The Qiaojiabu Folklore Museum, or Wang's Compound, known as the "First House of the Chinese Folk Residence", is located in Jingsheng Town, Lingshi County, about 35 kilometers from Pingyao Ancient City and 140 kilometers from Taiyu ... ...

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Name:Travel Pingyao for three days Reply

An opportunity has opened for us to travel Pingyao for three days from 1st to 3rd, October next year. Do you have any suggestions?

Name:Re:Travel Pingyao for three days

Pingyao is a well-known travel destination famous for its ancient town. Just one thing need to notice you. The time you have is right in our National Day when domestic people will have a 7-day holiday from 1st to 7th October. There will be many travelers pouring in the well-known travel places then. There will be no exception to Pingyao. So I would suggest you to change the time to travel Pingyao if possible or book hotels in advance. If you need Pingyao travel service, welcome to contact us!

Name:Pingyao Tour Reply

I will visit The Old Town of Pingyao, so what places of it is worth of noticing?

Name:Re:Pingyao Tour

Thanks for your asking. Pingyao is known mainly for three historical treasures: the ancient brick city wall, the Zhenguo Temple, and the Shuanglin Temple.