Pingyao is like a scroll displaying the development of China’s economy, culture, society, and religion for nearly 3,000 years— the First Bank in China, ancient armed escort companies, colored mud sculptures, wooden temples, the ancient city wall…Every corner here has its unique story.
GuideWeTravel provides traditional Chinese style hotels or hostels in the ancient town. You will see antique courtyard, wooden furniture, and even have a chance to experience sleeping on a “kang”— heatable brick bed that is popular in North China. Extra quilts can be offered to soften the bed.
Travel Route: Pingyao
Travel Length: 2 days
Theme: Family Friendly, History & Culture, Honeymoon, Photography
Flexible departure date, free date change up to 1 week in advance
Featured with experiencing the rich ancient culture in China’s best preserved ancient walled town, visiting the “Forbidden City in Folk” — Wang’s Family Compound
|INCLUDED||Professional English-speaking tour guide, private driver and car service.
Accommodations based on double occupancy. GuideWeTravel may arrange the booking of similar hotels if the selected hotel isn’t available during the travel dates of individual traveler.
Breakfast at hotel.
Bottled water supply while traveling with tour guides.
|EXCLUDED||Entrance fees to tourist attractions.
Lunch and dinner. The tour guides will recommend proper restaurants for lunch and dinner (like India restaurants, vegetarian restaurants, muslim restaurants etc).
|ACCOMMODATION||Yide Folk Hotel|
|ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:||Pingyao is a small destination that is suitable for a weekend trip. It’s convenient to take a bullet train directly from Beijing or Xian to Pingyao. You could tell us your travel date, and we are happy to book the trains for you!
Bullet trains from Beijing and Xi’an will arrive in Pingyao at noon or in the late afternoon. Your tour guide might adjust the visiting order of the attractions according to your arrival time.
Day 1: Arrival in Pingyao
Your private guide will be on time, holding a sign with your name on it and waiting for you at the exit of the train station. A comfortable private car and experienced driver will transfer you to your hotel in the ancient town. After check-in, you will start the half-day trip in China’s best preserved ancient walled town:
The Rishengchang Former Bank, the site of the first draft bank in China. Your tour guide will explain how the bank operated, and it will be interesting to see what banking used to be like 150 years ago.
Under the environment of social unrest in the poor Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), the protection of the tangible currency was extremely important; therefore, escort companies appeared. The Armed Escort Company Museum shows how this special business was formed and how it was run, and also introduces the top 10 escort companies and top 10 guards — they were all kungfu masters.
After seeing the highlights of the ancient town, it is great to go up high and have a view of the roofs of the ancient buildings. You will go up to the Ancient City Wall at dusk, and have a glimpse of the town before darkness arrives.
As for dinner, your guide will recommand some nice restaurants in the Mingqing Street area. The lanterns are all on at night, and it is very lively there in the evening.
Day 2: Shuanglin Temple, Wang’s Family Compound, and Pingyao Departure
The Shuanglin Temple is about 10 minutes driving distance from the ancient town. Today your tour starts from it. It has over 2,000 colored mud sculptures, and is considered to be the “unrestored glory”of Pingyao.
Then you will be transfered to the Wang’s Family Courtyard, which takes an hour driving. Lunch will be arranged in a local restaurant on the way — your tour guide will assist you with reading the menu and ordering the dishes, and you will taste the most authentic local food.
The Wang’s Family Compound has a nickname — the Forbidden City in Folk. Different from the famous Qiao’s Family Compound, the Wang family was an official family, which had a higher social status. The family’s generations lasted for over 300 years and built the compound that is approximately 250,000 square meters in size, among which 45,000 square meters (one fifth) is open to tourists. There are 123 courtyards and 1,118 rooms. You will spend about two hours here.
After the visit to the Wang’s Family Compound, your guide and driver will take you to the train station and say goodbye.
|2-3||$199 per person (double occupancy room or triple occupancy room)|
|4-6||$179 per person (double occupancy room and / or triple occupancy room)|
|7-9||$129 per person (double occupancy room and / or triple occupancy room)|
|10||$99 per person (5 double occupancy rooms)|
|Note||Prices are based on per person with double occupancy or triple occupancy. If a single client requests a twin room alone, the single supplement will be charged.|