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In Pingyao County, Pingyao County 031100, China
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All reviews ancient city old town narrow streets bullet train couple of days street food shops and restaurants local food the high speed train walled town two days theme park western tourists off the beaten track within the walls the main street walk around
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’d researched the ancient city and was surprised by the huge city where my train delivered me. The ancient city is there behind its preserved walls but it is dwarfed by a huge modern city of high rise blocks, railway yards and commercial areas. The...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only thing ancient were the walls, buildings and street design. Many buildings sold to outsider so don’t think the place reflect anything of the real cultural. Many houses turned into commercial shops selling mass produced item. Careful when dining as price charged does not equal...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Jonni3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Better than expected. The whole place is a world heritage site, beautifuly preserved. Complete with people dressed in traditional costumes parading through the streets. Enjoy it even more by staying in one of the courtyard hotels. Lots of shops, stalls and restaurants. All lantern lit....More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank chitchat78
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beware the silent scooters and the odd car which has managed to get permission. Lots of stalls - not sure they sell much but it's an experience just being there! Take a map but when you get lost it's not that hard to find your...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We spent about 3 hours at this site and could have easily spent a day or more. It is one of the few remaining walled Chinese cities with strict preservation codes restricting building modern structures within the walls. Due to the short time, we only...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed May 18, 2019

We spent 1,5 days in Pingyao and it was an awesome experience! A big thank you to China Highlights who organised our trip there and Nelson who was our local tour guide! You were awesome Nelson! You gave us a great experience. Keep up the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed May 9, 2019 via mobile

This town is like stepping into the past. Albeit a somewhat commercialised version of the past. Go for several days to make sure you get your tickets (150 yuan for 3 days to 20+ museums and the wall) worth. If you are here for 1...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank haplo89
Reviewed May 1, 2019 via mobile

We stayed in Pingyau as part of our China Tour. What a charming place. It is easy to walk around and view all of the wonderful sights of this ancient town. The vinegar shops are fragrant and good value. The cotton's scarves are also great...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 28, 2019 via mobile

See the first banks of China and other ancient sites: Interesting but crowded especially on Saturday!

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 28, 2019

Pingyao is one of the four best preserved ancient villages in China. Most of the buildings are some hundreds of years old. The shopping streets are adorned with lanterns and other features that reinforce the air of ancient China. Shops offer a range of wares...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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February 19, 2018|
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Response from RYMIDO | Reviewed this property |
hello, after aPingyao, you can take a train from Taiyuan to go to Datong and the next day to visit Yungang Grottoes are very nice and it takes an hour to visit the caves. Then you can take a plane to Chengdu, we stayed at... More
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Response from sgeddie | Reviewed this property |
We stayed one night and wished we had stayed one more.
August 27, 2017|
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Response from Ann M | Reviewed this property |
Hi Yes, there are entrance fees to some things - the wall, the old bank museum, confucius and city god temples but it's very little in western terms. I can't remember exactly how much. I don't think you really need a... More