Pingyao attractions

Top Choice Mountain in Pingyao

Mián Shān

With vertiginous and dizzying cliffs alongside a deep gorge, this astonishing mountain area is a splendid day trip from Píngyáo. Lined with precariously perched temple architecture, scenic gully walks and breathtaki…
Top Choice Buddhist Site in Pingyao

Zhènguó Temple

While not as famous as Shuānglín Temple, Zhènguó Temple also houses a magnificent collection of old halls and ancient statues. Don't miss the still-living 1000-year-old Dragon Scholar Tree. The incredible Hall of th…
Top Choice Buddhist Site in Pingyao

Shuānglín Temple

Within easy reach of Píngyáo, this astonishing Buddhist temple houses many incredibly rare, intricately carved Tang, Song and Yuan painted statues. Rebuilt in 1571, it’s an impressive complex of ancient halls: the i…
Historic Site in Pingyao

Píngyáo City Walls

A good place to start your Píngyáo experience is the magnificent city walls; they date from 1370 and are among the most complete in the nation. At 10m high and more than 6km in circumference, they are punctuated by …
Museum in Pingyao

Rìshēngchāng Financial House Museum

Not to be missed, this museum began life as a humble dye shop in the late 18th century before its tremendous success as a business saw it transform into China’s first draft bank (1823), eventually expanding to 57 br…
Monument in Pingyao

Nine Dragon Screen

The old Píngyáo Theatre (大戏堂; Dàxì Táng) has been converted into a hotel's banquet hall, but it is fronted by this magnificent stone wall.
Cave in Pingyao

Zhāngbì Underground Castle

This 1400-year-old network of defence tunnels, stretching underground for 10km, are the oldest and longest series of such tunnels in China. Built at the end of the Sui dynasty in case of attack by Tang dynasty invad…
Historic Building in Pingyao

Wang Family Courtyard

More castle than cosy home, this grand Qing-dynasty former residence has been very well maintained (note the wooden galleries fronting many of the courtyard buildings). Due to the sheer size, the seemingly endless p…
Taoist Site in Pingyao

City God Temple

Within the venerable halls of this astonishing temple are some intriguing frescoes, including the hall at the very rear of the temple, the Qǐn Gōng (寝宫). Also look out for the two-faced fertility goddess in the Song…
Confucian Site in Pingyao

Confucius Temple

Píngyáo’s oldest surviving building is Dàchéng Hall (大成殿; Dàchéng Diàn), dating from 1163. It can be found in the Confucius Temple, a huge complex where bureaucrats-to-be came to take the imperial exams. Within the …