Pingyao is a small, well-preserved, ‘ancient city’, famed for centuries-old architecture and China’s first bank. It is an outstanding Han Chinese city of the Ming and Qing dynasties that has retained its historic features to an exceptional degree. Recommended for photography and history lovers, it's between Beijing and Xi'an. High-speed rail makes it more convenient to get to Pingyao and takes 3 hours to get from Xi’an, 4 hours get from Beijing.

Exploring Pingyao Ancient Town by our one-day private tour with no other participants to learn the rich ancient history of Ming and Qing dynasties in China and discover the architecture, economy, government and education of ancient China.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the UNESCO's World Heritage--Pingyao, a historic well-preserved ancient city.
  • Explore the birthplace of the Jin merchants and the earlist bank of China.
  • Learn about the features of Ming and Qing dynasties and admire the architectures of traditional style.
  • Enjoy a lunch of popular regional dishes at a local restaurant.

The Design of the Day Trip

  • Guide: better than a normal licensed tour guide; friendly and helpful with fluent English.
  • Private tour: with no other participants, exclusive guide gives you the most detailed explanation and caring service.
  • Professional product team analysis on every part of the trip to ensure a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.

Detailed Itinerary

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The day before your tour date

You’ll receive a welcome call from your guide via hotel at the night before your tour day, he/she will double confirm the pick-up time for the next day’s trip with you. If you are not available at that moment, the tour guide will leave a message for you.

Just in case that if you don’t receive our emails or phone calls, please call our 24-hour hotline at +86-18074837277 or add WeChat ID: tracy-tang829 and we will put things right.

9:00 – 9:20AMPick up from Your Hotel and Walk to the City Wall

Your guide will be waiting for you in your hotel lobby within the Pingyao Ancient Town at 9:00AM holding a sign with your name on it. Then she/he will lead you to our first stop--the Ancient City Wall at the north gate. As you travel, listen as your guide tells tales of Pingyao.

MapMap of Pingyao Ancient Town

Good to Know:

  • The hotel pick-up location should be in the Pingyao Ancient Town. The guide will walk to pick you up at your hotel lobby.
  • It's a walking tour without vehicle, so comfortable shoes are recommended.
9:30 – 12:00PMVisit the Spots on The West

We will visit all the main attractions in the old town, and the guide will explain all details and stories behind them which history enthusiasts can't miss it. Your exploration of the Pingyao Ancient Town begins at the Ancient City Wall. The walls surrounding Pingyao were first built in 827 BC for preventing the enemies in Eastern Mongolia, the Tatars, from invading.

PingyaoFull-view of the City Wall

Pingyao Watchtower of the City Wall

An exquisite structure with an intensive style of design and construction shows the wisdom of ancient laborers. The city walls are an indispensable part of Pingyao Ancient City's heritage.

PingyaoOn the Wall

PingyaoDefensive cannons

Then, get down from the wall and have a stroll on the traditional Ming-Qing Street. We come to Rishengchang Former Bank. It's the earliest bank in China which was established in 1823. Rishengchang literally means ‘Sunrise Prosperity’and it was the forerunner for organizing China’s early financial system and handling financial business, including remittances, money exchange, deposits, and loans.

Pingyao Market Tower and Ming-Qing Street

Pingyao In the bank

Pingyao The vault of Bank

Next, we go to the Ancient Government office. It's the largest (Covers approximately 26,000 square meters) and best-preserved existing ancient county government office in China. You can learn the bureaucratic culture of Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1912) from its architecture, plaques, and couplets.

Pingyao The Ancient Government office

Pingyao The court

Good to Know:

  • If you are interested in other spots, you can also tell your private guide to coordinate arrangements for you.
  • It may be crowded during the high season, so please take care of your belongings.
12:00 – 13:00PMLunch Time

Have a rest, we head to a local restaurant for a lunch of popular local dishes. Wheat based food is the main local staple.

Please let us know your food preferences, such as a vegetarian diet, gluten-free food, etc. so that we can make preparations in advance.

Pingyao Pingyao's speciality

Pingyao Have a great lunch

13:000 – 16:00PMContinue to Visit Some East Spots

Duly refreshed, continue our walking tour to the Confucian Temple, the earliest extant Confucian temple in China with biggest statue of Confucius and Confucian sages. It's also the China's largest existing fixed-history exhibition hall, and owns the only top-ranked volume in China's history of more than 1,300 years of imperial examinations.

Pingyao Lingxing Gate of Confucian temple

Pingyao In the temple

Built facing the south, the Temple of the City God looks very magnificent. The wonderful stone sculptures, mural paintings, woodcarvings and painted sculptures in it reflect wonderful craftsmanship.

PingyaoThe gate of City God Temple

Pingyao In the yard

16:00 – 17:00PMDrive Back to Your Hotel

After visiting the attractions in the old town, the tour comes to an end, we will go back to your hotel in town or continue to walk along the Ming-Qing Street to shop some souvenir. The guide would love to recommend you what worth trying and buying.

Please make sure to reserve at least 2 hours if you want to catch an onward train and tell the guide your departure time in advance. There is no designated airport in Pingyao. The closest airport is Taiyuan Wusu International Airport. If you want to book airport transfer service with us, please ask your travel advisor.

Pingyao Traditional-style house

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Schedule and Pricing

Group Size Price Group Size Price
Group of 1 $ 120 USD p/p Group of 2-3 $ 70 USD p/p
Group of 4-5 $ 65 USD p/p Group of 6-9 $ 48 USD p/p
Group of 10 $ 40 USD p/p

Important Notes:

  1. The tour is NOT open during the China National Day golden week from Oct. 1st to Oct. 7th.
  2. Daily departure.

Price Include:

  • Admission to attractions in the ancient town.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (within the Pingyao Ancient Town).
  • English-speaking professional local guide.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.

Price Exclude:

  • Transportation from Pingyao Ancient Town railway station and in the Pingyao Ancient Town.
  • Gratuities to the tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person per day for each of them, please tip them separately.). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.
  • Personal expenses.
 

FAQs About This Tour

What is your cancellation policy?
  •  If we are not able to implement the contract due to war, flood, typhoon, fire, strikes, storm, earthquake, or any other condition we are not able to foresee and avoid, we will inform customers at the first possible opportunity and offer the best possible solutions, and the final bill shall be settled based on the service we actually provide.
  •  Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund of all money paid, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  •  From 3 to 7 days before departure: 90% refund, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  •  Within 3 days before departure: no refund.
  •  After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for cancelled services due to non-participation, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
  •  For groups of more than 10 people: The terms for cancellation may vary from case to case. Please ask your travel advisor regarding the cancellation policy for your group.
What if I want to make a last-minute booking?

In order to making sure we have enough time to arrange your trip and make sure the availability we usually require customer make their booking at least 24 hours in advance and that’s why you can not book directly on-line for a 24-hour last-minute booking.

But that does not mean you have no chance to book a last-minute trip within 24 hours. For urgent booking, please make a phone call to us at: +86-18807734970 to check the availability or send an email (not recommended as you may not get the response immediately) at: inquiry@trippest.com

How to connect Whatsapp, Google, Facebook and other social medias when you're traveling in China?

Due to state control of internet security in China, many popular websites and APPs are blocked, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, WhatsApp etc. It is very possible that you may not be able to receive your emails and other important information. For this reason, we highly recommend you to sign up for a VPN service(for example, ExpressVPN) before your trip, to make sure you can connect to the global internet.

Good to know: Wechat is widely use in China, we suggest you to use Wechat for further communication if possible.

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