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Shuanglin Temple And Wang's Compound From Pingyao

1. Shuanglin Temple And Wang's Compound From Pingyao

Pick-up from your hotel lobby is at 9:00 by local tour guide, aboard a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to start the highlight day trip from Pingyao. Your first stop will be Shuanglin Temple reputed to be the ancient painted sculptures museum. Listed in the World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997, Shuanglin Temple houses more than 2,000 colorful sculptures reflecting the exquisite skills of the artisans of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Head inside the Temple with a history of about 1,400 years, follow your guide to stroll around the large and small halls, and view the vivid and lifelike sculptures. Move on to a local restaurant to enjoy delicious lunch and have a short break. Then drive approximately 1 hours to visit the Wang's Compound -a luxurious residence built during 1762-1811 of the Wang Family. Wang's Compound is not only an example of residential architecture, but also a museum of architectural art. Walk into the courtyard, one can see sculptures of stone, wood and brick everywhere. The architectural groups open for viewing are Gaojia Ya, Hongmen Bao, Chongning Bao, etc. The Painting and Calligraphy Hall displays hundreds of excellent works while Treasure Hall contains collections of furnishings, old coins, porcelains, rare stones and jade carvings. Afterwards, enjoy comfortable transfer back to your hotel to conclude the memorable day trip.

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What people are saying about Jinzhong

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Wang’s compound is basically a family castle. Very good example of how a wealthy family group lived over multiple generations. I loved the craftsmanship and detailing - there are some really beautiful spaces. The temple is wonderful because the statues are all original - which is unusual due to the cultural revolution. The statues are faded and showing their age, but on quite an impressive scale. In both locations Lily’s knowledge was excellent. She shared a lot of cool details that I would never have known or studied and really enriched the experience. Car was good and drove really safely. Recommend this tour. Note it finishes about 3 so you’ll have some spare time in the afternoon. Also, loads of steps and walking.

Informative and enjoyable half day tour just outside of Pingyao

The tour was very well organised. Our guide, Lisa, texted us the night before to confirm everything. Lisa turned up to our hotel on time and the whole day ran smoothly. She was friendly and informative with excellent English. Interesting sites, nice car and nice driver and delicious lunch. All insculsive and good value for money. Thank you Lisa! We could highly recommend this tour.