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Top 6 Pingyao Activities - Shows, Nightlife, Festivals, Food

Pingyao Ancient City, an outstanding example of the city during the period from Ming to Qing Dynasty, has maintained numerous cultural heritages that showing the life of Chinese people in ancient time.

Besides strolling around and visiting the attractions in the ancient city, to have a wonderful Pingyao tour, here we offer you a featured to-do list in Pingyao to fully experience its culture, including joining the Spring Festival celebrations here, walking around the city wall during the sunset, enjoying the amazing show at night, trying all kinds of snacks here, and taking lots of amazing photos...

Top 1: Celebrate Traditional Chinese New Year in Pingyao

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Spring Festival Atmosphere

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Paint Lions' eyes

Time to Visit: usually from Jan to Feb

If you want to spend a happy Chinese New Year, then come to Pingyao Ancient City. The Pingyao Chinese New Year will celebrate from lunar calendar December 23th to January 16th every year since 2000.

The New Year folk celebrations and activities are different every day during this grand festival. You could enjoy lion and dragon dance, decorate windows with red paper-cuts, paste red couplets, make dumplings, lantern festival, shehuo performance, Chinese opera, etc. All are folk custom experience. Here, you’ll feel the real full-bodied taste of the New Year.

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Top 2: Enjoy the Fantastic Show - Encore Pingyao

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Encore Pingyao

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Encore Pingyao

Ticket: CNY 238

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00

Address: 154 Shuncheng Road, Pingyao County, Jinzhong City, Shanxi Province 山西省晋中市平遥县顺城路154号

Watching the performance called "Encore Pingyao" will help understand Shanxi's history and culture better. It will be rare to see such a performance, which is more like a living museum or time-travel experience. You’ll witness and sometimes get involved, which means, the audience could interact with performances. By this way, it gives a new interpretation of the local Shanxi spirit. Performance time: 14:00, 20:00 from Tuesday to Sunday. (For the exact time, please ask your travel consultant or guide for more info.)

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Top 3: Visit Pingyao Varnished Lacquer Ware Shop

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Making Lacquer Ware

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Exquisite Lacquer Ware

Address: West Street, Pingyao County, Jinzhong City, Shanxi Province 山西省晋中市平遥县西大街

The history of Pingyaop Varnished Lacquer Ware can date back to the Kaiyuan period of the Tang Dynasty (713-741), with later becoming popular in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The craft is a renowned intangible cultural heritage in the city, famous for its varnishing process using a special hand technique and the color painting decorations. The process involves five procedures – preparing the wood, adding an ash base, then the lacquering, painting, and inlay work.

In the workshop, you could learn about how those elaborate and exquisite lacquerware, the real works of art, are made.

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Top 4: Attend Pingyao International Photography Festival

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Photography Exhibition Hall

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Overseas Participants

Holding Time: Usually in the late September

Founded in 2001, China Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP) is one of the most important celebrations, as well as a stage for the photography community among the international communities. Held in Pingyao, the ancient city abundant with thousand years of history, this festival perfectly combines photography with traditional Chinese culture and unique economic atmosphere there. It is normally held in the mid-September every year, but the exact date is changed.

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Top 5: Join Shehuo Traditional Festivity Show

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Shehuo Parades

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Shehuo Celeration Dance

Shehuo Traditional Festivity Show is a serious folk performance that showed by the locals during some traditional Chinese festivals, like the Spring Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, and the Mid-Autumn Festival. Parading down the main street in Pingyao Ancient City, the local performers, wearing folk costumes and dance in a traditional way. You can see the featured Picking Lotus Boat Dance, Lion Dance, and Dragon Dance. The best time to see the show is during Spring Festival, for the show will continue for 15 days from the first day of the Lunar New Year to the 15th day (Lantern Festival).

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Top 6: Munch Various Snacks in Pingyao

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Pingyao Beef

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Pingyao Oil & Tea Soup

Where to eat: Ming and Qing Dynasties Street

Pingyao is also famous for its various local food and snacks. Pingyao boasts 108 kinds of snacks, with noodles as its main catering feature. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties Street, you can try many kinds of Pingyao's local snacks, and it is the most prosperous street in Pingyao ancient city scenic area. There are many restaurants and snack stands. The recommended snacks in Pingyao include Pingyao beef, Cao's smoked pork, Wantuozi, sauced plum meat, Pingyao stewed vegetables, scissors noodles, corn cake, etc.

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How to Plan Your Pingyao Tour

Best time to visit Pingyao: March to mid-June, mid-September to November, and Chinese Spring Festival Time (Jan or Feb)

How to get to Pingyao: High-speed bullet trains to Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station; normal trains to Pingyao Railway Station; Long-distance Bus to Pingyao Bus Station; Flights to Taiyuan Airport and transfer from Taiyuan to Pingyao by private car/bus/train.

Pingyao is noted for the World Heritage Site - Pingyao Ancient City. It is well-preserved, keeping the architecture style of the Ming and Qing Dynasty (14th-20th centuries). Here, you can leisurely stroll and get to learn about the traditions of the northern Chinese, especially during the Chinese Spring Festival. Usually, 2 to 3 days are enough for you to explore the attractions in Pingyao, including scenic sites and ancient streets of Pingyao Ancient City, Qiao’s Family Compound, Shuanglin Temple, etc.

☛ 2 Days Classic Pingyao Tour
☛ 3 Days Pingyao Discovery Tour

Also, Pingyao is well connected with many other cities in Shanxi province. You can spend more days having a Shanxi discovery tour: witnessing the stunning Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple in Datong, hiking on and the famous Buddhism mountain, Wutaishan, visiting the magnificent Hukou Waterfall, and getting to Jinsi Temple and Shanxi Museum in the capital of Shanxi province, Taiyuan.

☛ 4 Days Essence of Datong & Pingyao Tour
☛ 6 Days Essence of Shanxi Tour

If you would like to travel outside Shanxi, you can take a flight from Taiyuan to many other cites of China. It is also very convenient to take a high-speed train from Pingyao/Taiyuan to Xian and Luoyang with no more than 4 hours or head to Beijing by high-speed train.

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Pingyao Ancient Sites of Pingyao

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