Day 1 Taiyuan Pingyao
Attractions: Jinci Memorial Temple, Qiao’s Family Compound (Lunch)
Our driver and guide will wait for you at the Taiyuan airport t/ train station by holding a welcome sign with your name on it and transfer to Pingyao Ancient City. On the way, we will take a break to visit Jinci Memorial Temple. The temple was originally built in the West Zhou Dynasty in memory of the 2nd son of King Wuwang whose who made contribute to local irrigation and conservancy system about 3000 year ago. Here visitors will also find the fascinating combination of the Taoist, Confucian and Buddhist culture from the buildings survived from ancient time. Then we will continue to drive to visit the Qiao’s Family Compound, a typical folk house complex of northern China. That well preserved residential compound was originally built in the Qing Dynasty with a architectural area of 4175 m2. Arrival in Pingyao we will check in local hotel and prepare for the next day’s tour.
Qiao’s Family Compound
Day 2 Pingyao
Attractions: Pingyao City Wall, Rishengchang Former Bank, Ming Qing Street, City God Temple (Breakfast+Lunch)
Today we will do a full day tour in 2700 years old Pingyao ancient City. The first stop will be Pingyao City Wall. On the wall top you will have a bird’s eye view of the whole Pingyao City. Next we will move to the Rishengchang Former Bank where you will witness the rudiment of Chinese styled bank in ancient China. In the afternoon we will take a walk in the Street remains the looking of the Ming and the Qing Dynasty which is called Ming Qing Street to feel the trading method of the Ming and the Qing Dynasty. Afterwards we will visit the Pingyao City God Temple. In the temple we will appreciate wonderful wood carvings, paintings and sculptures. Then back to hotel.
Rishengchang Former Bank
Day 3 Pingyao
Attractions: Zhangbi Ancient Castle,Shuanglin Monastery (Breakfast+Lunch)
After hotel breakfast we will drive for about 1 hours to visit Zhangbi Ancient Castle which was built in the past warring years about 1380 years ago to protect local natives from war and robber. In the castle lots of interlaced underground tunnels were dibbled. You will be surprised by the architecture and engineering in ancient time. Next we will drive to visit Shuanglin Monastery, a Buddhist temple with more than 1000 year’s history. The highlights in the monastery are Chinese scholar treed planted in the Tang Dynasty, tablets carved in the Song Dynasty, Bell cast in the Ming Dynasty, and colorful sculptures and ancient buildings survived from feudal dynasties. Then back to hotel.
Zhangbi Ancient Castle
Day 4 Pingyao Departure
Pick up from hotel at confirmed time and then transfer to Taiyuan Airport/train station for departing.