Welcome to Píngyáo
Píngyáo (平遥) is China’s best-preserved ancient walled town. If you have any China mileage under your belt you'll appreciate the town’s age-old charms; charms squandered away – or forever lost – elsewhere across the Middle Kingdom. While other ‘ancient’ cities in China will rustle together an unconvincing display of old city walls, sporadic temples or the occasional ragged alley thrust beneath an unsightly melange of... Read More
Top experiences in Píngyáo
Beijing Private Car And Driver Service
When you travel to Beijing, it will be nice to have a private car and driver service in town. This service is just designed based on your needs. Your private car is a 7 seats Haval SUV and equivalent with WiFi. Your private English speaking driver is over 20 years safe driving experience who can assist you arrange all different trips and itinerary based on your schedule, such as Layover tour, Hotel pick up and dropped off, 3 to 18 hours Beijing in town visiting, transfer to Tianjin Port, 3 days trips to Datong, Pingyao or Chengde.If you have your own business or travel itinerary, your driver will take you to the place you want to be on a timely manner. For layover tours, your driver is able to provide you the suggestions to the major attractions based on your schedule. You can choose to visit famous Great Wall, Forbidden City, and etc.For airport/hotel transfer, no matter you arrival/departure time is in the early morning or during the midnight, your driver will pick you up at airport or your hotel. If you have additional requirements, please state clearly in special request area upon booking.
Private Tour: Wang Family Mansion and Shuanglin Temple Day Trip from Pingyao
At 9:00 am, you will be greeted by your private tour guide at your hotel in Pingyao start the day.Also known as "Double Forest Temple", Shuanglin Temple is located about a 20-minute drive from Pingyao Old Town. Shuanglin Temple was built about 1,500 years ago and renowned for its ancient locust trees, steles, frescoes, and particularly over 2,000 vivid and well preserved color-painted mud sculptures.After a Chinese lunch, drive about one hour to visit Wang Family Mansion. This huge magnificent courtyard complex occupies a higher ground overlooking a broad landscape. It boasts 123 courtyards and 1,118 rooms which entails all the major architectural features of north China peasant homes. It's buildings and decorations reflect strict social hierarchy of the time, and all of the carvings and statues have lots of meanings and stories behind them.After the tour, return to your hotel in Pingyao at about 16:00pm.
Pingyao Old City One-Day Tour
Your local guide will meet you at your Pingyao hotel at approximately 9am to begin your day-tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famed for its well-preserved ancient walls, Pingyao’s old town is on many lists of the best walled cities in the world.Visit Rishenchange, the earliest draft bank in China. Established in 1823 during the early Qing Dynasty, it was the cornerstone of modern Chinese banking. Explore the City Wall, one of the best-preserved ancient walls, and the ancient government building, which functioned, once upon a time, as a government office and a court for civil disputes. It contains an executive office, a tax office, a trial hall and even a prison.Next, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Armed Escort Company Museum on the original site of the security firm in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It features the history of the armed escorts and the largest ten escort companies in China and the lives of the ten most famous armed escorts in the Ming and Qing dynasties.Visit two temples, the Confucius Temple and the City God Temple. Lastly, explore Ming and Qing Street, which was the main commercial street in Pingyao. It is one of China’s cultural and historical landmarks, where both locals and tourists come to discover the antique charm of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Private Day Trip to Pingyao from Xi'an by Bullet Train
Xian - Pingyao - Xian via round-trip bullet trainAt 7:00 am, your Xi'an guide will pick you up at the lobby of your Xian hotel holding a sign with your name and then transfer you to Xian North Railway Station to catch a 2-hour bullet train ride to Pingyao. Upon arrival in Pingyao, you will be picked up by your Pingyao local guide and transferred to Piangyao old town. Pingyao was inducted as an World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, and renown for its layout which is conforming to a typical bagua pattern that can be dated back to Ming and Qing dynasties. There are more than 300 sites of ancient ruins in or near the city; however, nearly 4,000 Ming and Qing style residences are well preserved till this date. The streets and storefronts still remain in their historical appearance.Pingyao used to be the financial center of China in late Qing Dynasty. During those times, there were as many as 20 financial institutions within the city limit, making up more than half of total financial institution in the whole country. You could wander around Old City Wall of Pingyao, Confucius Temple, Rishenchang Bank Institute,Yamun and etc.. After exploring those attractions, you will break for lunch which is at your own expense. Beef and noodles are typical local food in Pingyao where you could easily fine them at any local restaurant. Later, you will be transferred back to Pingyao Railway Station to catch the bullet train back to Xian. Upon arrival in Xian, your Xian guide will meet you at the exit holding a sign with your name, and then transfer you back to your Xian hotel where this day trip concludes.
2-Day Private Tour from Xi'an to Pingyao by Express Train
Day 1 - Xi'an/Pingyao by Express TrainYou will be picked up from your hotel in Xi'an by a driver and transferred to Xi'an North Railway Station to catch express train to Pingyao Gucheng (approx. 3-hour ride). Upon arrival your guide will meet you at the exit and transfer to the local guesthouse located in the old town of Pingyao. You can choose to sleep on the Chinese traditional bed Kang and taste local beef and noodles. After lunch you will tour the Old City Wall and financial institutions. For dinner your guide can introduce some local restaurants for you to try some authentic Shaanxi cuisine. Stay overnight in Pingyao. Day 2 - Pingyao/Xi'an by Express TrainAfter breakfast you will be taken to Shuanglin Temple located 6 km southwest of Pingyao. Constructed about 1,500 years ago, Shuanglin Temple covers 15,000 sq meter and is divided into east and west parts. There are well-preserved Buddha and Skanda statues that were inscribed as UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site with Pingyao Old Town in 1997. After lunch you will be transferred to Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station to catch express train back Xi'an North Railway Station. Upon arrival the driver will meet you at the station and transfer you back to your Xi'an hotel.
4-Day Private Tour of Pingyao and Datong from Beijing
Venture away from bustling Beijing for four days of classical Chinese history on this private tour to the old towns of Pingyao and Datong with your own private guide. Pingyao is the only city in China that has completely preserved its ancient backdrop and displays no modern influences. Datong is a historical town that dates all the way back to the Han Dynasty. Step back in time as you explore these old cities and see neighboring cultural sites like the Wang Family Courtyard, the Hanging Temple and the Yungang Grottoes.One-way flight from Beijing to Tai Yuan (near Pingyao) and the bullet train ride back to Beijing are both included.Please see the Itinerary below for a more detailed schedule.