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Pingyao: Private Old Town Highlights Day Tour

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Activity provider: ChinaThemeTours

Pingyao: Private Old Town Highlights Day Tour

Activity provider: ChinaThemeTours

From US$ 159.50 per person

Pingyao played an important role in the economic development of Shanxi during Ming and Qing Dynasties, while the soul of Pingyao lies in its Old City.

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Duration 8 hours
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  • Discover the history of a world cultural heritage
  • Marvel at the sights
  • Learn more from an experienced guide
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A local friendly tour guide will meet you at your Pingyao hotel lobby at 9:00 am and lead you to start the tour of the well-preserved ancient city with a grand City Wall, traditional residences, former security guard companies, time-honored shops, and Ancient government offices. While walking along the ancient Ming-Qing Street, learn about the Old Town’s history, culture, and architecture from your guide. Founded during the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046 – 771 BC) and rebuilt in 1370, the Pingyao Ancient City is one of China's four best preserved old cities and was inscribed as a world cultural heritage in 1997. Visit the Ancient Government Office to the west of the Ancient Ming-Qing Street and hear about old trials at the law court. Explore the nearly 200-year-old Rishengchang Exchange Museum, the first 'bank' in China's history. With more than 30 branches throughout the country. It once controlled the lifeblood of the nation's economy in the Qing Dynasty. Later you will have a break and enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional local food. Then proceed to visit the Confucius Tempel to learn the development and procedure of the old examination, wander in the City God Temple to see exquisite pavilions and towers, and explore one of the best-preserved ancient walls in Chia - the turtle-like Ancient City Wall. To conclude the trip, your local guide will escort you back to the hotel and bid farewell.
  • Private Tour
  • Walking Tour
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Chinese lunch
  • Electric car
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel pick-up & drop off
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Lots of walking on this one. Wear sensible shoes. Quite a few stairs too. Tour gives a really good overview of Pingyao. Doesn’t visit every site, but you soon learn that there are a lot of similarities so you get one good example of each (one bank, one delivery company etc). I learned a lot about traditional Chinese culture and way of life. Finished about 3 but that was long enough - had time for some down time and some shopping in the afternoon. Lily’s English is good and she’s got a lot of information to share. There is limited English signage in the museums so having a guide definitely enhances your understanding/experience. Food is generous. Recommend this tour.

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September 2, 2018

December 28, 2018

Product ID: 84360