Pingyao, located in central Shanxi province, is a county-level city. Reputed for the ancient culture, it is home to various cultural relics and about 100 historical sites. Back to its history, Pingyao Ancient City is the great witness with 2700 years of history. Considered as the best-preserved ancient walled city in China and Pingyao city was listed as World Cultural Heritage site. Around the city, The Shuanglin Temple and Zhenguo Temple will impressed you more with its classic architectural styles and imperial treasure of painted sculptures.
Traveling to Pingyao is mainly for Pingyao Ancient City. Rich in many kinds of stores and ancient buildings, Pingyao ancient city is like a film to record the lively atmosphere and authentic lifestyle of Ming and Qing dynasty. Together with the ancient city, Qiao’s Family Compound is another historical site to go and explore the Shanxi merchant mansion. Click other Things to do in Pingyao to find more attractions in Pingyao & around.
Go to Pingyao Ancient City and explore the preserved architectural style of Han nationality and ancient culture of Ming and Qing dynasties.
Visit Qiao’s Family Compound and impressed by its extraordinary craftsmanship in brick carvings, woodwork, murals and inscribed tablets.
Pingyao is a typical temperate continental climate, featuring the moderate and arid climate. With a large difference between summer and winter, there is a big windy and dusty weather in winter. The average temperature is about 10℃ and the total annual rainfall is about 540mm, most of them are in summer. Therefore, the best month to go is spring and autumn.
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Presently, there is no airport in Pingyao, tourists can take flight to Taiyuan and transfer to Pingyao within 90 km. Therefore, taking train is the most convenient way to get to Pingyao, especially taking bullet trains if you come from Beijing, Xian, Taiyuan. Click Pingyao Railway Stations to find details information.
Around Pingyao, there are rickshaw, electro mobile and bicycle for you to easily tour around Pingyao ancient city with small charges.
Once the most prosperous city in Ming & Qing dynasty, Pingyao Ancient City had left a great number of hotels constructed from local residents, varying in 5-star to 3-star. All of them keep the Pingyao ancient living styles for you to experience the Pingyao culture more convenient.
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As a county of Shanxi province, Pingyao is located in the central part. For understanding intuitively about its location and Pingyao Ancient City, here are the local Pingyao Shanxi Map, Pingyao Ancient City Map and Pingyao Attractions Map for you. With more nearby attractions, check more Pingyao Maps.
With a convenient high speed train transfer, you can explore more beyond Pingyao city to Taiyuan to view more about Shanxi history; or go north to Datong and veiw the grottoes arts. For Beijing-Xian tourists, Pingyao connects those two great historical and cultural cities for you to have a better perspective of China.
Chinese Name: 平遥
Chinese Pinyin: Píngyáo
English IPA: /pɪŋjau/
Language: Mandarin & Pingyao Dialect
Tel Code: 0354
Zip Code: 031100
Time Zone: (UTC+8)
Strolling on the old street of Pingyao Ancient City, you may take at least 2 days to explore its time honored city walls, lively streets and the typical styled local houses. If you want a depth tour around Pingyao, the famous compounds are the must-sees. With different scales, there are Qiao’s Family Compound and Wang’s Family Compound for you to have overview about the ancient folk residences in northern China for another 1 day.
Taiyuan, as the provincial capital of Shanxi, is the best gateway to Pingyao, also worth to go for its long history and ancient culture. If you are traveling though Beijing and Xian, making a stop at Pingyao will delight you more without a detour.
Taiyuan / Pingyao / Taiyuan
Pingyao / Xian
Beijing / Datong / Pingyao / Xian