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Tour Overview

Pingyao, a real antique city with thousand years’ history, connected with Xian by 3.5-hour high-speed train, is one of the best choices for tourists who are looking for Xian side trips. This 2days tour including the charming Pingyao Ancient Town, the grand Wang Family Courtyard as well as the amazing Shuanglin Temple definitely will amaze you!

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. In the morning, the Xian local driver will pick you up from the downtown hotel and drive around 1 hour to Xian North Train Station for your high-speed train to Pingyao. The train rides around 3.5 hours, you can take this chance to enjoy the scenery on the way.

    When you arrive at Pingyao Gucheng Train Station, there will be the local English speaking tour guide and driver waiting for you at the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name. Filling your stomach at a local restaurant, you will officially start your visit in Pingyao Ancient City. Bearing the history over 2700 years, sharing the title “Four Best Preserved Ancient Chinese Cities” together with Langzhong in Sichuan Province, Lijiang in Yunnan City and Shexian of Anhui Province, this ancient city is one of the only two ancient cities succeeding in applying World Cultural Heritage in China. Pingyao started to be built in Western Zhou Dynasty (827BC-782BC) and extended in 1370 AD, Ming Dynasty. Until today, the basic layout and landscape of Ming and Qing Dynasty is still visible in Pingyao.

    The city had ever governed China’s finance in Ming and Qing Dynasty with over 20 exchange shops (it’s like bank in ancient time) headquartered here, about the half of the whole country, gaining the title of “Ancient Chinese Wall Street”. Today, you can still find the basic look of its ever prosperity from the relics.

    Pingyao Ancient Town Ming Qing Street
    Pingyao Ming Qing Street

    Like the most city walls, Pingyao City Wall was built in early Ming Dynasty on the purpose of defense against the foreign invasion and get patched 26 times in later generations. The Wall is extremely admirable with its strong character in the lengthy past when you stroll on the wall top and behold the mottled bricks over there. Stretching round the city 6,000 meters in length and up 12 meters in height, the ancient City Wall divided the small city into 2 distinct worlds inside and outside its embrace: the inside was prosperous in trade with the streets lined with shops and people coming and going.

    Visit the relics of the famous Rishengchang Exchange Shop to trace the history of Chinese financial industry. Built in 1823 by the general manager Lei Lvtai with fund support from local rich merchant Li Dajin, Rishengchang had even dominated the economic artery of Qing Empire in 19th century.

    Setting your feet on the Ming-Qing Street, the one of busiest commercial street in China, you shall have a better idea in mind about how advanced the development in China was in that time. Today, the relics of those ancient shops still are well preserved and visible, including exchange shops, banks, drugstore, butcher, pawnshop… Local snack shops, souvenir shops and things like that inherits the ever prosperity of the street and dominates the major crowds here.

    Besides, joining in a Paper Cutting Class in the ancient city would be a big highlight today. Following the local expert and waving the scissors in hands, you will amazingly get a vivid “bird” or “fish”, through which the interesting Chinese culture could be caught a glimpse.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Pingyao Ancient Town

    Pingyao Ancient Town - City Wall
    Pingyao City Wall

  2. Today you will further explore the best of Pingyao! The first site will be Wang Family Courtyard. There is about half-hour-driving between Pingyao Ancient City and Wang Family Courtyard with location in Jingsheng Town. Wang Family had built it since Ming Dynasty and completed after about 300 years with total area of 250 thousand square meters. It is an Architecture Art Museum featured with vivid Chinese traditional culture, earning the title “Folk Forbidden City” with its large scale. The style of the yard inherited the elements of Western Zhou Dynasty which perfectly meet the demand for external contacts and also internal daily life, showing the powerful functions and shedding a light on the regime and blood relationship of ancient Chinese official family.

    Later, continue your visit to Shuanglin Temple. This temple could be said as a “surprise” among the attractions in Pingyao because it is a lesser-known site but have been collecting incredible artworks in its lengthy past. It’s a Buddhist temple where you will meet many delicate wall paintings, colored statues and beautiful buildings of Tang, Song and Ming Dynasties.

    In the afternoon, you will head to train station and take high-speed train back to Xian. Upon your arrival at Xian North Train Station, the local driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a board with your name and drive back to your hotel.

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    Wang Family Courtyard
    Wang Family Courtyard

Price Includes

  • 1 night accommodation in Pingyao Ancient Town with breakfast
  • Xian-Pingyao-Xian round way high-speed train (second class seat)
  • 2 Chinese style lunch
  • Entrance tickets as listed in itinerary
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide
  • Private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver
  • Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour
  • Government taxes

Price Excludes

  • China Visas/flights
  • Accommodation in Xian
  • Any dinner
  • Any optional activity/battery car/shuttle bus/boat cruise etc. inside the attractions
  • Our package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase commercial travel insurance before your trip for any unforeseen circumstance.
  • Any item beyond “Price Includes”
  • Gratuities to guide and driver (recommended if you are satisfied with their services)
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