Once a center of trade and finance, Pingyao still remains much as it did hundreds of year ago and is the best preserved walled city in China.
Place & Transport: Beijing to Overnight train, Train No. N203 Dep 19:00 - Arr 05:21
Place & Transport: Overnight train to Pingyao
Today's Activities: Train station to Hotel Transfer (Pingyao), Ancient City Wall, The Rishengchang Draft Bank, The Mingqing Street, Pingyao Ancient Town
Meals: Chinese Lunch
Ancient City Wall: the ancient city wall of Pingyao with nearly 3,000 years of history, at present, basically keeps the original appearance of city wall constructed in early Ming Dynasty.
The Rishengchang Draft Bank: It was established in 1823. It was the biggest draft bank at that time and had been famous for "Hui Tong Tian Xia" (Business Connecting the Whole World).
The Mingqing Street: The downtown thoroughfare and reserved quite well of the styles in the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Pingyao Ancient Town: In the middle of Shanxi Province, this is the best-preserved of the four ancient towns in China. Inside the intact Ming Dynasty city wall this traditional town, whose buildings date from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, is exceptionally well-preserved, and just as it was centuries ago. Bikes can be rented for about 10 yuan/hour. You can also learn the traditional Chinese art of paper-cut, producing beautiful shapes and designs from paper in the Wentao Paper-cut shop, and lean how lacquerwork is done in Yonglong Shop.
Place & Transport: Pingyao to Taiyuan to Overnight train, Train No. N204 Dep 22:03 - Arr 06:39
Today's Activities: Train station Transfer (Taiyuan), Jinci Temple, Qiao Family Compound
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at (Lunch)
Jinci Temple: TLies in the Xuanweng foothill, which is 25 kilometers from the southwest of Taiyuan city, it is the temple of Jin Emperor in ancient times; it is initially built during the northern Wei Dynasty (386-535) for memorizing the second son Jiyu of Zhouwu Emperor. Jinci Temple is one of the national key cultural relic reserves, enjoys the reputation of "Little South of the Yangtze River".
Qiao Family Compound: Built in 1755, this well-preserved and exquisite structure used to be the residence of Qiao Zhiyong, who was a famous businessman during the Qing Dynasty.
Place & Transport: Overnight train to Beijing
Note: If you choose to stay on in Beijing for a few extra days, or arrive a few days early in Beijing, please let us know, and we'd be happy to extend your hotel bookings, or arrange additional tours for you.
* Prices are in US dollars, for one person. Prices are for references only, may vary according to different travel seasons.
* Better discounts are valible when travel in low season from Nov to March.