Pingyao is a tourist city known for its enduring ancient walled city. The main attractions in Pingyao are mostly located inside the ancient city. Strolling on the well-paved lanes and streets, you can feel the deep-rooted Chinese traditions there. Many visitors would like to stay inside Pingyao ancient city for days to trace back the ancient memories of this northern Chinese land and slow down their life paces.
Most people would like to stay inside Pingyao ancient city with both real ancient courtyards and nice modern amenities. Also, close to the northern gate of the ancient city are Pingyao Railway Station and Pingyao Bus Station, which provide transportation service to many other cities in Shanxi, and nearby must-see scenic sites like Qiao's Family Compound and Wang's Family Compound.
Note: If you are traveling with a large group of people or want to stay in a modernized hotel, you are recommended to arrange your dwelling outside the ancient city like Pingyao Hotel, for most traditional Chinese courtyard styled hotels inside the ancient city have no capability to accommodate too many people, especially during peak season.
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With over 100 properties scattered in and around Pingyao Ancient City, Pingyao ancient city is the main accommodation site for visitors heading to Pingyao and its nearby sites. Although most of them are not as deluxe as the fancy hotels in metropolitans like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, they do offer visitors unique and cozy staying experience in ancient Chinese courtyards with traditional "Kang" bed, delicately carved windows and doorframe, hanging red lanterns...
Jing's Residence 平遥锦宅 ★★★★★
Address: No.16 East Main Street, Pingyao County, Shanxi
Service: As the top-rated hotel on TripAdvisor, Jing's Residence is a hidden gem in Pingyao ancient city with well-preserved architectural structure and attention-to-detail service. Tea table and chairs are set outside each pavilion, offering you a place to soak up the historic, laid-back atmosphere. At the dining room, guests can enjoy an extensive menu of international and local favorites, while delightful drinks are available at Jing’s Bar. Hot pot is provided from November till March.
Jinxuan Hotel 锦轩客栈 ★★★★★
Address: No. 9 Fanjia Street, Pingyao County, Shanxi 平遥 范家街9号院
Service: Set in a Chinese quaint courtyard house, Jinxuan Hotel Pingyao offers accommodations that are full of Chinese elegance. The stone and wood carvings create a unique taste of the local lifestyle. Each refined room features air conditioning, wardrobe, and cable, and the private bathroom comes with shower facilities, free toiletries, a hairdryer, and free WiFi is featured throughout the property. A shared kitchen is available for guests to prepare their own meals. The in-house restaurant serves local cuisines. Customized dishes are possible upon request.
Yide Hotel 一得客栈 ★★★★★
Address: No.16 Shangxiang Street, Pingyao County, Shanxi 平遥 城内沙巷街16号
Service: Housed in a traditional courtyard property with a 300-year history, Pingyao Yide offers Chinese-style rooms with hand-made fine wood fittings and artwork with a 5-minute walk from the West Street and Rishengchang Former Site. Guests can enjoy a relaxing massage or explore the neighborhood on a bike. For guests’ convenience, the hotel provides tour-booking, car hire, ticketing services, and laundry services. The on-site restaurant opens from 06:50 to 22:30 daily, serving Chinese and western-style meals.
Yunjincheng Mansion 云锦成公馆 ★★★★★
Address: No.56 West Street, Pingyao County, Shanxi 平遥 西大街56号
Service: Nestled in the heart of Pingyao, Yunjincheng Hotel is a family-style boutique hotel with traditional Chinese courtyard buildings, providing 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, free wifi, air conditioning, heating. The ambiance of Pingyao Yunjincheng Folk Hotel is reflected in every guestroom.
The Kylin Grand Hotel 麒麟阁酒店 ★★★★
Address: No.76 Chenghuangmiao Street, Pingyao County, Shanxi 平遥城隍庙街76号
Service: The Kylin Grand Hotel Pingyao is located a few steps from Pingyao Temple of the City God, half a mile from North First Escort. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has family rooms. A buffet breakfast is available each morning.
Pingyao Hotel 平遥会馆 ★★★★
Address: No.120 Chenghuangmiao Street, Pingyao County, Shanxi 平遥 古城内城隍庙街120号
Service: As the only starred hotel outside the city wall, Pingyao hotel is a modern hotel, located right near the theater of the famous show - Encore Pingyao (about 9min on foot). Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Every day, a buffet breakfast is provided in the hotel. If you would like to stay in a more formal place, Pingyao hotel is a nice choice.
Dejuyuan Guesthouse 德居源客栈 ★★★★
Address: No.43 West Street, Pingyao County, Shanxi 平遥 西大街43号
Service: A few steps away from Risheng Chang Former Bank, Dejuyuan offers an on-site restaurant and bike renting service. You can play table tennis at this guest house, and the area is popular for cycling. Both North First Escort and China Chamber of Commerce Museum are very near. It provides free wifi and breakfast, luggage storage, dry cleaning and other services and facilities.
Hongshanyi Hotel 洪善驿君澜别院 ★★★★
Address: No.18 Maquan Alley_the west of yamen scenic spot,200m from mingqin street, Pingyao County, Shanxi 平遥 古城马圈巷18号
Service: Set in the Pingyao Ancient City district in Pingyao, 100 meters from Pingyao Ancient City Auspicious Temple, Pingyao Hong Shan Yi Hotel features a restaurant, bar and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Every room at this inn is air-conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Every room includes a private bathroom. Extras include slippers and free toiletries. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
Yuchengyuan Inn 裕成源客栈 ★★★
Address: No.41 Yamen Street, Pingyao County, Shanxi 平遥 城内衙门街41号
Service: Yucheng Yuan is traditional courtyard hotel with traditional architecture and decor with modern facilities. Inside each room is the traditional Kang bed, and it provides air-conditioning and heating, free toiletries, slippers, and a hairdryer. Free Wi-Fi is available and it offers a tea house and restaurant serving local dishes. The ancient government office is just 200 feet away.
Xinglongyi Inn 花筑·平遥兴隆义 ★★★
Address: No.42 West Main Street, Pingyao County, Shanxi 平遥 古城内西大街42号
Service: Pingyao Xinglongyi Inn offers cozy and affordable accommodations for travelers. It provides free wifi and breakfast, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, and other services and facilities. Slippers and towels can be found in every room. The little garden of Xinglongyi is very pretty at night. Fax/photocopying and bike rental are also available for free.
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.
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.
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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