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Beijing-Pingyao 2-day Culture Tour by Air

Highlights:

Discover the ancient town of Pingyao, one of the only cities in China to maintain its ancient city walls and streets. Being here will transport you back in time to the China of yesteryear. The city is something of a living museum

Tour the exquisite ancient Buddhist temples of Pingyao, which are haunting and captivating in their beauty, as well as being a gateway to the ancient traditions of China
Your hotel will be in the style of a traditional courtyard, giving you a much more intimate and memorable experience than the normal hotel

TOUR CODE: PY-05

Why Pingyao Deserves Your Tour

Pingyao is a Chinese city and county in central Shanxi province. It lies about 715 km from Beijing and 80 km from the provincial capital, Taiyuan. During the Qing Dynasty, Pingyao was a financial center of China. It is now renowned for its well-preserved ancient city wall, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pingyao still retains its city layout from the Ming and Qing dynasties, conforming to a typical Bagua pattern. More than 300 sites in or near the city have ancient ruins. Preserved Ming- and Qing-style residences number close to 4,000. The streets and storefronts still largely retain their historical appearance.

The ancient city is in Pingyao County, Shanxi Province. The city wall was first built during the Zhou Dynasty (11th century - 256 B.C.) and was expanded in 1370, the third  year of the reign of Ming Emperor Hongwu. Since 1997, it has been listed as a World Heritage Site. Now Pingyao city is the only one in China completely reserved as it was hundreds of years ago, no modern buildings, only narrow stone-plate street with many Chinese-style shops on the two sides. 

  • "Pingyao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an exceptionally well-preserved traditional Han Chinese city. Its city walls, old temples and courtyard houses were built in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Located on the old trade route between Beijing and Xi'an, Pingyao was one of the flourishing trade centers in northern China. It was here, where China's first banks were set up in the early 18th century which rapidly developed into a widespread network of banks all over the country. After its heyday the city fell into decline after about 1850, and its streets stayed unchanged since then because of the lack of money for maintenance work. On this 4-day trip you will not only visit the old town with its old streets and courtyard houses complexes, but also Zhengguo Temple, Shuanglin Temple and Jinci Temple.

    2-DAY DETAILED ITINERARY:

    Day 1: Beijing - Taiyuan by air - Pingyao by road ( L D )

    Pick up from your hotel in Beijing and take the early morning flight for Taiyuan - the capital city of Shanxi Province. Arrival at Taiyuan, met and transfer to Pingyao.

    On the way to Pingyao, have a side trip to Former Residence of Family Chang. It is the largest mansion of all the mansions of Shanxi merchants in Shanxi. Chang's Mansion is located 40 km to the northeast of Pingyao. The hosts of Chang's Mansion, the Chang family, were among the well-known Shanxi businessmen in the Qing Dynasty. Actually it is a splendid group of constructions of northern folk houses in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Arrival at Pingyao town, stay at our designated Hotel in Pingyao ancient city.

    Day 2: Pingyao - Taiyuan by road - Beijing by air ( B L )

    After breakfast, first visit the Ancient City Wall of Pingyao City. The city of Pingyao is one of the four remaining well-preserved ancient cities in China. The city wall has a perimeter of 6.4 kilometers and is over 12 meters high and 3.5 meters wide. Then visit the Rishengchang Exchange Shop. It is the earliest bank in China, first opened in the 18th century.Rishengchang was the first money exchange shop in the history of China.

    Afterwards, move on to the Mingqing Street. Ming and Qing Street, also called Nanda Jie. It is one of the busy and interesting streets in which to experience ancient Chinese culture. It is 440 long, Ming and Qing Street used to be the commercial center of Pingyao ancient city. Move on to visit Armed Escort Company Museum. It offers an eye-opening armed escorts in protecting commerce. Cash moving from one area needed the armed escort firm to thwart of thieving hands.

    Finally visit County Government Office, an ancient city hall and law court. Chinese Lunch included. After the Pingyao tour, then transfer to Taiyuan airport for later flight to Beijing. Met and transfer to your hotel in Beijing.

    B---Breakfast, L---Lunch, D---Dinner

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