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3 Days Taiyuan Pingyao Brief Tour

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With convenience to be reached by flight and high speed train, Taiyuan is a great wonderful gateway to city to its splendid neighbor – Pingyao Ancient City.

This 3 days tour takes you experience the ancient feature of Pingyao from Taiyuan. You will have an insight of the earliest bank to see ancient China banking system, stroll in the Ming Qing street to experience the life in the past, and be reached by a trip to the old dwellings of a famous financier. Of course, you won't miss Jinci Temple, the earliest classical ancestral temple garden building complex in China.

Highlights of this tour

  • Immersive cultural experience in Pingyao Ancient City - city wall walking, old bank system, old architecture of Ming and Qing dynasties, exquisite wood and stone carvings...
  • Learn more about what the life was like in the past from Qiao's Family Compound;
  • Explore the delicately-designed architectural wonders and beautifully sprawling garden in Jinci Temple.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Taiyuan / Pingyao
Travel Length:
3 Days and 2 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-TYPYT-03
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Taiyuan Arrival - Pingyiao (L)

According to your schedule, our local guide will meet you at the airport or railway station in Taiyuan city and take you to Pingyao Ancient City.

On the way to Pingyao, first visit Jinci Temple – the top historic site in Taiiyuan. It was firstly built to commemorate Tang Shuyu, the founder of Jin State (1033 B.C. - 376 B.C.) and his mother and then became an imperial garden where religious rites and sporting contests were held. Stepping into this sprawling complex, you will admire the charming natural landscape as well as historical relics like featured architectures, elegant murals and colored sculptures. Sacred Mother Hall is the highlight of whole temple, featuring in elegantly-decorated pillars. Besides this building, you can get awed by the Zhou Cypress which has been growing at an angle of about 30 degrees for the last 900 years (now supported by a tree next to it).

Then move on to Qiao's Family Compound, which is used to be the house of a famous local financier during the Qing Dynasty. Built in 1756, this well-preserved compound shows you how the traditional North China Folk house was like in the past.

After arriving in Pingyao, check in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day.

Jinci Temple
Day 2 Pingyao (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up to start Pingyao Ancient City exploration. As one of the best-preserved ancient cities in China, Pingyao Ancient City is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site because of its brilliant cultural magnificence. With a history over 2700 years, Pingyao Ancient City still keeps its intact charm: ancient city walls, elegant courtyards, scattered temples, all reflecting the urban planning style between 1368 and 1911 during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Your tour starts from the Ancient City Wall of Pingyao, where you can have a panorama view of the layout of this town. Then you will move on to the Rishengchang Former Bank, which shows you the original bank system in the past. Next, stroll on the traditional Ming and Qing Street, a cobbled road with old buildings on either side. It's much like tracing back to the former bustle bazaar in the old days. Later, visit the Temple of City God to appreciate the wonderful wood carvings, paintings and sculptures in the old temple.

After Pingyao Ancient City exploration, drive about 15 minutes to visit Shuanglin Temple, where you will be impressed by its large number of clay figures and wooden sculptures of various gods, goddesses and saints.

Return to your hotel after Shuanglin Temple visit.

Optional activity: Enjoy the excellent drama show of Another Glance at Pingyao (19:00~20:30) which presents local life, prosperity and recession of Pingyao during Qing dynasty vividly.

Old Streets of Pingyao Ancient City Cultural performance in Pingyao Ancient City
Day 3 Pingyao (B, L)

Today is free for you until your guide and driver escort you to catch your flight/train to next destination. Your Taiyuan Pingyao Tour ends.

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