Pingyao Ancient City
- Chinese name: 平遥古城
- Foreign name: The Ancient City of Ping Yao
- Location: Pingyao County, Jinzhong City, Shanxi Province
- Land area: 2.25 km²
- Opening hours: All day heritage type World cultural heritage
- Approval time: December 1997
- Attraction level: AAAAA level
Pingyao Ancient City
Pingyao ancient town is a well-preserved ancient walled city located in Pingyao County, Shanxi Province.
The town was first built during the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046-771 BC) and became a major commercial center during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its well preserved architecture and unique cultural heritage.
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Accommodation in Pingyao Ancient City
- In the ancient city: The accommodation in the ancient city of Pingyao is mainly the antique folk inn in the courtyard.inside room,there are earth kangs, twin beds, big beds, etc.
- Outside the ancient city: outside the ancient city of Pingyao refers to the peripheral new city centered on the ancient city of Pingyao. The hotels outside the city are mainly modern hotels. The distance from the ancient city of Pingyao is not very far, and some of them are just at the gate of the ancient city of Pingyao.
Great South Gate of the Ancient City→Ancient City Wall→Confucian Temple Museum→Town God’s Temple, Temple of God of Wealth→Dining, Watching “Shanxi Merchants Pronunciation”→Qingxu Guan→Rishengchang Ticket Office→South Street→Synergies Celebration Bank Ticket Museum→County Government Office of the Qing Dynasty Visit→Large-scale sitcom “Meet Pingyao Again” 古城大南门→古城墙→文庙博物院→城隍庙、财神庙→就餐，观看“晋商乡音”→清虚观→日升昌票号→南大街→协同庆票号博物馆→清代县衙署并参观→大型情景剧《又见平遥》
Day 1: Great South Gate of the Ancient City → Ancient City Wall → Confucian Temple Museum → Chenghuang Temple, Temple of Wealth → Qingxu Temple → Rishengchang Ticket Office → Dining, watching the performance of “Shanxi Merchants’ Pronunciation” → South Street → Synergy Celebration Ticket Account Museum, Escort Bureau Museums and other scenic spots→County Government Offices in the Qing Dynasty→Large-scale sitcom “Seeing Pingyao Again” 第一天：古城大南门→古城墙→文庙博物院→城隍庙、财神庙→清虚观→日升昌票号→就餐，观赏“晋商乡音”演出→南大街→协同庆票号博物馆、镖局博物馆等景点→清代县衙署→大型情景剧《又见平遥》
Day 2: Shuanglin Temple Painted Sculpture Art Museum → Zhenguo Temple 双林寺彩塑艺术博物馆→镇国寺
Things to do and see when visiting Pingyao Ancient Town:
1.Walk the city walls
The ancient town is surrounded by well-preserved walls that are 12 meters high and 6 kilometers long. Visitors can walk along the walls for a unique view of the city and the surrounding countryside.
2.Visit the ancient buildings
Pingyao Ancient Town is home to more than 4,000 ancient buildings, including temples, government offices, and traditional courtyard houses. Some of the most popular buildings to visit include the Rishengchang Draft Bank, the first draft bank in China, and the Confucius Temple, a temple dedicated to the famous Chinese philosopher.
3.Explore the museums
There are several museums in Pingyao Ancient Town that showcase the town’s history and culture, including the Pingyao County Museum, the Ancient City Museum, and the Pingyao Folk Museum.
4.Experience the local culture
Pingyao Ancient Town is known for its rich cultural heritage, including traditional Chinese operas, folk arts, and local cuisine. Visitors can enjoy cultural performances, shop for local handicrafts, and try traditional dishes like Pingyao beef and sesame cake.
5.Take a day trip to nearby attractions
Pingyao Ancient Town is located near several other popular tourist destinations, including the Qiao Family Compound, a large complex of traditional courtyard houses, and the Shuanglin Temple, a Buddhist temple known for its ancient sculptures.