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3- Day Pingyao Ancient Town 2011-07-29 15:02:02

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2011 Prices (Valid from Mar. 1st, 2011 to Feb. 29th, 2012)


Day 01  Entry Pingyao
Our guide will wait for you outside the baggage claim area at Taiyuan Airport ahead of your arrival. Then a comfortable private car will take you to Pingyao. On the way, you will visit the Qiao's Compound, an ancient private residence of a famous commercial and financial capitalist. It is a large and magnificent architectural complex originally built in 1756, looking like a completely closed castle and resembling a Chinese Double Happiness symbol. Check in the hotel upon arrival.

Meals: No meals

Accommodation: Yide Guesthouse

Local people playing chess at the City Wall, Pingyao 

Day 02  Pingyao
After breakfast, the tour will begin with a visit to the City Wall of Pingyao, which has been well preserved. As a whole, the rectangular wall resembles a tortoise, which was considered as a symbol of longevity traditionally. Ascending the wall, you could overlook the ancient city of Pingyao. Then, get down from the wall and have a stroll on the traditional Ming-Qing Street. On both sides of this not very wide street, there are many buildings in ancient Chinese architecture style, which used to be firms, exchange shops and different kinds of shops like teashop, cloth shop and salt shop. Nowadays, some of them have been turned to hotels, restaurants or shops selling souvenirs while some have been preserved as attraction sites and museums.

Your next stop is the Temple of City God, one of the best-preserved Temples of City God in China. Its distinctive feature lies in the combination of the Temple of the God of Wealth and the Temple of the Kitchen God, which are separately situated to its right and left. Following, you will proceed to Ri Sheng Chang Exchange Shop and Tong Xing Gong. Ri Sheng Chang Exchange Shop is the first money exchange shop in China as well as the founder of Chinese modern banks, which has played an important role in Chinese financial business for about one century. Tong Xing Gong was an establishment which provided private escort service for the exchange shops to guard their safety during transportation. The last travel destination today is Shuanglin Monastery, about 4 miles to Pingyao City. This is a construction in castle style which is especially renowned for the painted clay sculptures.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 03 Pingyao - Taiyuan Exit

Today, our guide will transfer you to Taiyuan Railway Station or Taiyuan Airport and see you off there. Hope your connecting or homebound trip is enjoyable!

Meals: Breakfast

Editor:Hao Junwen
    • Characteristics of the activity:Shehuo as a traditional performance art existent widely among the folks of the Central Jin has become a folk entertainment activity full of good wishes such as happy events, luck and blessing.
    • Noodle is a leader in Shanxi eating culture. The long history of Shanxi noodle culture has more than 200 years. It is common for housewives in Shanxi to cook more than ten kinds of noodle.
    • Characteristics of the activity:The ancient temple fair in the Jin Ancestral Temple has also become a day of worshipping the god. Location of the activity:Trade companies in all the counties in the suburbs of Taiyuan City
    • Characteristics of the activity:During the festival, large-scale Buddhist rituals, folk culture and arts activities and the mule & horse livestock trade fair are held.
    • Characteristics of the activity:When worshipping the kitchen god, the god should first be set up and then sumptuous food and wine are offered as a sacrifice. Cooking vessels, chopping blocks, bamboo containers are also set.
Your Plan
Day 01 Our guide will wait for you outside the baggage claim area at Taiyuan Airport ahead of your arrival. Then a comfortable private car will take you to Pingyao. On the way, you will visit the Qiao's Compound
Day 1: Beijing to Datong - Overnight Train Greet meeting at your hotel at night, and transfer to the Beijing Railway Station, take the overnight train K608 (23:36 - 06:21) or 2603 (23:47-07:01) from Beijing to Datong.
Also known as Yongzuo Temple, Twin Pagoda Temple, situated at the foot of a hill of southeastern Taiyuan, was built by an eminent monk called Fudeng by the order of the emperor in 1608 viz. the 36th year under Emperor Wanli’s reign.
Standing 65.86 meters high, the Wooden Pagoda is not only the tallest but also the oldest wooden pagoda in China today. Compared with the renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, the Wooden Pagoda in Yingxian County
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