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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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Reviewed April 28, 2019 via mobile

This old town is interesting. There is a lot of redevelopment with houses being turned into boutique hotels. It is reasonably well done . However,the whole town now is a tourist attraction and nothing else. Thousands and more visit every day. Can be repetitive but...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 21, 2019 via mobile

Enjoyed our visit to Pingyao. The streets are so interesting, with plenty of shops and food stalls, in between all the historic buildings, temples and banks. A walk along a short section of the wall is also a must. Your entrance ticket should cover about...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed April 19, 2019 via mobile

Pingyao is a must! UNESCO world heritage site means it’s retained its charm and character. Quiet and calm after Beijing it’s an oasis for a weary traveller

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 16, 2019 via mobile

Absolutely loved Pingyao, it gives you a great feel of ancient China. Don’t spend two long here though, 2 days maximum I’d say.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

A UNESCO World Heritage site, this ancient town is not to be missed. All the buildings are preserved as is from Ming times. This is the city where banking and security services began in ancient China. The main street is full of people selling cheap...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed April 11, 2019

We stayed within the city walls of the Ancient City of Pingyao in a traditional courtyard hotel. Right outside the front door restaurants, street food vendors and souvenir shops selling local craft items lined the brightly lit lanes. The 17th–19th century shops and residences retain...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed April 4, 2019

In a country where a lot of ancient architecture has been demolished it is amazing to come across a town like Pingyao. One museum pass grants you access to the ancient wall and countless other museums withing the hutongs. Set aside an entire day to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 27, 2019

I love sightseeing in the ancient towns of China. The architecture is very nice, and the lives of some locals are not too different than that of their ancestors of centuries ago. Albeit, the goods sold by many vendors changes with the times and demand....More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed January 24, 2019 via mobile

The city is beautiful with so many things to see. There are museums, old streets and alleyways galore, the ancient wall, temples and gardens. Like in most Chinese tourist towns, the main streets are extremely busy and crowded and the shops all sell the same...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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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.
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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
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