Pingyao 平遥

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- Review updated on 13 novembre 2019

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Presentation of Pingyao

Pingyao is a beautiful city in north China’s Shanxi Province just under 800 kilometers west of Beijing. It is one of the few cities in China to have kept intact the remains and traditions of its history. To visit an authentic China, go to Pingyao.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, the Pingyao authorities have carefully preserved all the buildings dating from the Ming and Qing dynasties, that is, more than 2,000 years ago. Going for a walk on the ramparts, you will pass by some of the 72 watchtowers built in honor of the 72 sages that once surrounded Confucius. Inside, you will discover the mansions of the emperors of the old dynasties and in particular the residence of Lei Lutai. The old bank of Rishengchang is one of the most beautiful examples of architecture in the city.

Nevertheless, Pingyao is not just about historic buildings. The city is also a renowned Taoist center with several majestic temples. The most important is Qingxuguan, but those of Shuanglin, the gods of the city and Confucius, are full of statues and other handmade sculptures.

To go around in Pingyao, nothing better than cycling. The city is built like a checkerboard and the streets intersect in a very linear way.
When to travel to Pingyao?
Summer is the ideal season to visit Pingyao. It can be up to 30°C when temperatures reach their maximum. In winter however, they fall well below 10°C. The beginning of spring offers a relatively mild climate, but haze and rain can be quite annoying disadvantages. More detailed information on the climate of Shaanxi can be found on this page: Weather Xian

Useful information :

Allow 1 to 2 days for a visit to the ancient city and its surroundings, including Shuanglin Temple and Zhenguo Temple.

Name in Chinese: Pingyao Gucheng – 平遥古城

Entry: a ¥ 130 ticket will give you access to many sites and monuments of the old town.
35 ¥ for Shuanglin temple.

Schedule: all day.

Tip: go around the ramparts, it will take less than 2 hours and you will see the old city under a different look, while also discovering the new city all around.
Where to sleep in Pingyao?
Staying in a good hotel is the beginning of a successful holiday. Indeed, a good accommodation can make your vacation even more exceptional … like a bad one can spoil a stay.

The fortified city of Pingyao has many places to stay. You’ll have something for every budget, from small B&B rooms with incomparable charm to large hotels located in the city center, near the main sites to visit, or in the surrounding countryside. That’s why we have selected for you the best hotels in Pingyao, combining comfort and quality of services.

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