This is a pure tour without any compulsory shopping stops. Spend 3 days thorough exploration in Pingyao Ancient Town. Discover the first and largest draft bank of China--Rishengchang Draft Bank, get a good view of the town on the Ancient City Wall and experience the prosperity of Ming Qing Street in its old, traditional Chinese Way in Pingyao Ancient Town. Pay a visit to the grand folk house Wang Family Mansion to admire the typically traditional houses complex. Proceed to Confucius Temple and enjoy its peace and tranquility and try the special way visiting this temple.
Day 1. Ancient City Wall, Rishengchang Draft bank, County government, Tongxinggong Exsort Agency
Picked up by your guide and driver in the morning from Pinyao Railway Station, you will be transferred to get to the well-preserved Ancient City Wall. Take a nice walk and enjoy the whole view of the ancient town and discover the defensive system with your professional guide. Then visit the precedent of modern Chinese banks - Rishengchang Draft bank.
Afterwards, move to explore ancient government—Pingyao County government. You will marvel at the distinctive scale and design. Sometimes you have a chance to enjoy the court trial performance. Then walk to the Tongxinggong Escort Agency, which served as the earlier delivery agency to provide security for businesses and individuals.
Then you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Accommodation: Yide Hostel, Pingyao
Day 2. Wang Family Mansion, Zhangbi Ancient Castle, Ming and Qing Street, Confucius Temple (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, start the day with exploration to Wang Family Mansion, about 1 hour drive. It is a characteristic art museum full of Han nationality culture, constructed by Wang family in Ming and Qing dynasties. Admire the imposing scale and unique design concept; follow your knowledgeable guide to go through different courtyards one by one to appreciate the exquisite architectural details. Departing from the majestic mansion, drive to Zhangbi Ancient Castle, an intact ancient military castle combined with living, production and religious activities. Here you will have a special experience walking through the tunnels, underground defense system, which is another mysterious world of the ancient fort.
Afterwards, drive to explore the business street—Ming Qing Street, the Wall Street of ancient China. The whole street remains its original pattern. On both sides of the street, Ming and Qing Style residences and shops are located, lots of which bear a history of over a hundred years now.
Next stop is Confucius Temple, the largest statue collection of Confucius and famous ancient Confucian scholars in China with a total area of 8,361 square meters. It is counted as a place for people to show their respect to the confucius as well as a state-run academy in old days. Marvel at the magnificent architectural art style with the combination of three buildings and enjoy the glorious wall paintings.
The tour will finish at approximately 5pm. You will be transferred back to the hotel
Day 3. Departure from Pingyao (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Pingyao Railway Station and seen off.