Zhangbi Ancient Castle

Zhangbi Ancient Castle, Jiexiu: Hours, Address, Zhangbi Ancient Castle Reviews: 4/5

Zhangbi Ancient Castle
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Joel K
Vancouver, Canada2,995 contributions
Built 1300 years ago..... Quite a site.... The tunnels
Oct 2019
This ancient castle was just fascinating. My wife and I were guided through the tunnels by our guide from Pingyao. We learned a lot about life in a Castle 1300 years ago. This was a military compound when first built and then became a place for local folk. There were 10000 meters of tunnels built under the castle. Now 1500 meters are open to the public. The tunnels have wells for water, storage for food, weapons, etc.
Written February 25, 2020
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LeeYen76
Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia133 contributions
Excellent
Dec 2019
Is a very beautiful old village. Not many tourist. Is advisable to hire a guide to explain. Is a must go place for me. The underground tunnel are amazing with houses have the door to go into the tunnel. We booked a day tour to Zhangbi castle, Wang's Compound and Shuanglin Temple for only 280 yuan 7 seater car. I like this place more than Wang's Compound.
Written December 17, 2019
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Climber68590
4 contributions
Ancient Castle,Taste of original China
Sep 2019 • Friends
This Castle, his temples and underground caves gives a good impression of the defense
system against invaders. It's not busy with tourists. When you are here, you can imagine that this location was used as set for movies.
Written December 13, 2019
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TravelinMom138
Baltimore, MD24 contributions
Interesting and distinctive side trip from Pingyao!
Aug 2019
We went as a side trip from Pingyao and are very glad we did! The tunnels are very interesting! And above ground, there's a small, historical and traditional village, that is still inhabited in parts. They had an English-speaking guide, and I highly recommend hiring a guide so you know what you're seeing. I enjoyed visiting here as something a bit different from other sites in and around Pingyao. The minute we mentioned underground tunnels to our teenage kids, they were sold. Yes, perhaps some of the other outlying temples and family compounds in the area might be more elaborate and beautiful, but unless you're really, really interested in traditional Chinese architecture, it all kind of starts to look the same at some point.
Written October 5, 2019
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waldentenn
Signal Mountain, TN759 contributions
Unique and well worth a visit
Sep 2019
This fortified village off the beaten track is delightful in its own right but the main attraction here is the underground passageways used for defense and refuge during times of warfare. The tunnels are extensive and now, contrary to the guide books, self-guiding and very well marked and interpreted. We found this to be an unexpected outstanding attraction.
Written September 8, 2019
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Chris P
Shanghai, China4,924 contributions
Enjoyed this place, and the tunnels
Mar 2019 • Friends
We were rushed for time, but really enjoyed this place, especially the tunnels. There are about 3 km of tunnels. It was late in the afternoon, so it was quiet, but I also think we missed some of the vibe at the place
Written April 21, 2019
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Taylo102
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN286 contributions
Tunnels, Tunnels, Tunnels
Mar 2018 • Couples
The Zhangbi Ancient Fortress in our opinion is not a "must see" all on its own, nor visited for the Castle or the Temples, although do that, but seen for the unique Fortress Tunnels. Walk the tunnels, have a phone light or other available, and a light jacket, and enjoy the marvel of it all. Some authentic and some touristy portions. Its all fun and worth the deviation your driver makes from the Wang Family Compound (a short distance away); visit either first or after, we did this after in the mid afternoon in March. Warm outside, cool in the tunnels. Enjoyed by 60+ and 30+ year olds alike. If in the Pingyao area this site is worth part of your time.
Written May 8, 2018
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Mario12345
Baoding, China94 contributions
a day trip during a long PingYao weekend
May 2017
In Pingyao every one is eager to drive you to Zhangbi. We went there by car and booked a English tour guide for the tunnel. It would be recommend to have a guide, its not killing you will too may information, but without it would be really boring. Since its not a big place, its recommended to combine the trip with Wangs Family Compound, that is just around the corner. Another alternative to visit is MianShan. But when we were there, the clouds were really low.
Written April 2, 2018
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Geminican
San Jose, CA1,708 contributions
Defensive Wonder
Sep 2017 • Friends
The ancient tunnel inside of the Zhangbi Castle was quite fascinating.
It's quite long and you need to walk about 20-30 minutes from beginning to the end.
Bring a long sleeve as the tunnel can be "cooler" as it's underground.
The path is can be narrow so if you have space-phobia, then, this is not recommended.
The way it's built, I called it a "Defensive Wonder" in ancient China.
Bring a flash light.
It's better to follow a group of people if you don't have a guide. There are some turns you must make inside the tunnel, it's better to have someone you can follow or go together.
Written December 17, 2017
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froggnet
London, UK9 contributions
A surprisingly enchanting place
Nov 2017 • Family
The castle, village and tunnels are a fascinating example of early Chinese building and design. We had an English speaking guide who was great at explaining the site and some of the ancient, and more recent history of the area.
Traveling from Pingyao by car, the road passes through heavily industrial areas, which sit in complete contrast to the rural calm of Zhangbi. Don't be put off by the factories on the way! This village feels really remote and although many parts have been renovated, it seems many original buildings remain. Well worth a trip from Pingyao.
Written November 7, 2017
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