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Pingyao, Bring you 2700 Years Back

Friday, August 23rd, 2019
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While you are planning either Beijing tour or Xian tour, the two highlights sought after by most of the oversea first-time visitors coming to China, one gem you should not miss, which lies between Beijing (610km to the southwest of Beijing) and Xian (543km to the northeast of Xian) – that’s the ancient city of Pingyao (平遥古城), the most well-preserved ancient city in China.

It was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1997, including the outlying Zhenguo Temple and Shuanglin Temple.

The original city construction of Pingyao goes back to Xuanwang in Xizhou Dynasty (827 BC – 782 BC). The present ancient city wall was built during the 3rd year of Hongwu in Ming Dynasty (1370).

The ancient city of Pingyao retains the basic layout of a county-level city in the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911), the most well-preserved ancient city built by Han people.

In the late Qing Dynasty (1644 -1911), Pingyao became the financial center of China. There were as many as over 20 financial institutions (Exchange Shops) within the city, making up more than half of total in the whole China. Rishengchang was founded in Qing Dynasty(1824) and well known as the first bank in China, the birthplace of China’s “Wall Street”.

You may be disappointed at the fast pace of urban and rural developments in China. Much of the rural areas have been urbanized with the rapid decrease of arable land; urban areas have been overdeveloped with high-rises booming and influx of rural migrants.

Today’s China is probably a world of difference from what you expect. Pingyao is one of the few places where you are able to see, feel and touch the real and authentic China in the past, thus allowing you to understand the present and modern China.

Pingyao is now accessible by high speed trains coming either from Beijing and Xian, making it a hot destination lying between Beijing and Xian. The regional capital city of Taiyuan, 80km north of Pingyao, is a good springboard for those who have a Pingyao tour since Taiyuan is a transportation hub in Shanxi Province.

There are still over 4,000 Ming- and Qing-style residences remaining in the old city. The main streets are rife with storefronts which still largely retain their historical appearance.

Strolling along the old streets and looking for a souvenir is feeling like going along the time passage, like paper cuts, shoe soles, combs, and the list could be much longer. If you are a curio expert, maybe you can encounter a “real antique”.

A Paper Cut Vendor

A Paper Cut Vendor

A Paper Cut Vendor

Slab and stone paved streets lined with wooden houses selling numerous souvenirs.

Slab and stone paved streets lined with traditional houses

Slab and stone paved streets lined with traditional houses

Walking along the old streets, you may meet some stuff you like.

Walking along the old streets, you may meet some stuff you like.

Walking along the old streets, you may meet some stuff you like.

Pingyao has a myriad snacks with over 300 kinds of flour-made food. The beef in Pingyao is a big draw, a must-buy local product in Pingyao.

A roadside vegetable vendor

A roadside vegetable vendor

A roadside vegetable vendor

The Ancient City of Ping Yao went through 25 renovations and reconstructions in Ming and Qing dynasties. Now the city wall is square in shape with a perimeter of 6162.7 meters, a height of 10 meters, battlements 2 meters high, 3-5 meters wide on the wall top.

Pingyao Ancient City is favored by foreign tourists who come here to see the real China.

Pingyao Ancient City is favored by foreign tourists who come here to see the real China.

Pingyao Ancient City is favored by foreign tourists who come here to see the real China.

There are 3000 battlements built on the city wall top with 72 watch towers.

There are 3000 battlements built on the city wall top with 72 watch towers.

There are 3000 battlements built on the city wall top with 72 watch towers.

In 1824, Rishengchang, the first China bank was established here in Pingyao. In the late Qing Dynasty (1644 -1911), Pingyao became the financial center of China. There were as many as over 20 financial institutions (Exchange Shops) within the city, making up more than half of total in the whole China.

The through ticket allows you to visit over 20 paid sights inside the ancient Pingyao city including temples, pawns, old bodyguard offices, County Government Office and more.

After dark, Pingyao is transformed into a quiet and pretty wonderland

After dark, Pingyao is transformed into a quiet and pretty wonderland

After dark, Pingyao is transformed into a quiet and pretty wonderland

The ancient city at night is a perfect hangout, teemed with bars and pubs.

The ancient city at night is a perfect hangout, teemed with bars and pubs.

The ancient city at night is a perfect hangout, teemed with bars and pubs.

Tip:  Hassle-free Pingyao Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Pingyao Guided Tours:

Pingyao 3 Day Tour   from US$190 p/p
Pingyao Qikou 2 day Side Trip  from US$ 130 p/p
Pingyao Car Rental with Driver

Beijing Pingyao 2 Day Highspeed Train Tour   from US$ 195  p/p
Beijing Pingyao 3 Day Highspeed Train Tour  from US$ 280  p/p
Beijing Pingyao 4 Day Overnight Train Tour     from US$ 270 p/p

Further Readings


Top  10 Attractions in Pingyao
Best Time to Visit Pingyao
Where to Stay in Pingyao
Beijing Pingyao High Speed Train
Pingyao Bus Station
Pingyao Railway Station

Zhangbi Village
Wang Family Courtyard
Zhenguo Temple
Shuanglin Temple
Lijiashan Travel Tips
Qikou Town Travel Guide
Pingyao Taxi

Any questions, just drop a line.

Pingyao Bus Station

Friday, August 23rd, 2019
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Plan your Pingyao tour? Pingyao Bus Station is located about 650 meters to the northest of the Northern Gate of the walled Pingyao Ancient City.So when you arrive at Pingao Bus Station, you can walk to the north gate of the walled ancient city or vice versa.

If you have too much luggage, you may take  a taxi to the north gate at the rate of RMB 5 or the south gate at RMB 10.

The ancient city of Pingyao has two railway stations: one for regular trains ( Pingyao Railway Station ) and the other for bullet trains (Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station).

Pingyao Railway Station is about 15,00meters to the west of the Pingyao Bus Station while Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station 10 km to the southwest of the bus station.

Pingyao Bus Station

Pingyao Bus Station

Pingyao Long-distance Bus Station is a one-storey building with its eaves in the traditional Chinese style.

Inside the main building, on the right side is the ticketing office and the left side is the waiting room.

North of the building is the parking ground for buses in and out.


Pingyao Bus  Station Timetable
There are many daily long-distances going between Pingyao and Taiyuan and other destinations.
The buses also go to Lishi (吕梁), Jiexiu (Mianshan), Yuchi, Changzi, Beijing, Datong and more.
Pingyao Bus Station Timetable
Routes
 
Price
Distance (km)
Note
Arrival Time
Leaving
Pingyao – Taiyuan
6:30
7:00
25
100
every 15 minutes
Taiyuan – Pingyao
15:30
15:50
25
100
every 20 minutes
Pingyao—Yuci
6:30
7:10
20
100
7:10
8:00
20
100
8:00
8:40
20
100
8:40
9:20
20
100
9:20
10:00
20
100
10:00
10:40
20
100
10:40
11:30
20
100
Yuci – Pingyao
11:30
12:30
20
100
12:30
13:30
20
100
13:30
14:30
20
100
14:30
15:30
20
100
15:30
16:30
20
100
16:30
17:30
20
100
Pingyao – Jiexiu
8:00
8:35
6
40
8:35
9:10
6
40
9:10
9:45
6
40
9:45
10:20
6
40
10:20
11:00
6
40
Jiexiu – Pingyao
11:00
11:30
6
40
11:30
12:00
6
40
12:00
12:30
6
40
12:30
13:00
6
40
Pingyao – Jiexiue
13:00
13:40
6
40
13:40
14:20
6
40
14:20
15:00
6
40
15:00
15:40
6
40
15:40
16:20
6
40
Jiexiu – Pingyao
16:20
16:50
6
40
16:50
17:20
6
40
17:20
17:50
6
40
17:50
18:20
6
40
Pingyao – Liuwan
6:00
15
90
2:30
15
90
Pingyao – Lishi
7:00
29
160
Lishi – Pingyao
12:30
29
160
Pingyao – Changzhi
7:00
45
220
Pinguyao – Xinyuan
7:40
21
150
Xinyuan – Pingyao
11:00
13:00
21
150
12:00
15:00
21
150
Pingyao – Yangquan
8:00
45
200
1:30
45
200
Yangquan -Pingyao
8:00
45
200
Pingyao – Wenshui
8:00
7
37
10:00
7
37
12:00
7
37
2:00
7
37
Pingyao – Zuoquan
8:00
2:00
Pingyao  Yinchuan
9:30
Pingyao – Heshun
7:40

Tip:  Hassle-free Pingyao Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Pingyao Guided Tours:

Pingyao 3 Day Tour   from US$190 p/p
Pingyao Qikou 2 day Side Trip  from US$ 130 p/p
Pingyao Car Rental with Driver

Beijing Pingyao 2 Day Highspeed Train Tour   from US$ 195  p/p
Beijing Pingyao 3 Day Highspeed Train Tour  from US$ 280  p/p
Beijing Pingyao 4 Day Overnight Train Tour     from US$ 270 p/p

Further Readings


Top  10 Attractions in Pingyao
Best Time to Visit Pingyao
Where to Stay in Pingyao
Beijing Pingyao High Speed Train
Pingyao Bus Station
Pingyao Railway Station

Zhangbi Village
Wang Family Courtyard
Zhenguo Temple
Shuanglin Temple
Lijiashan Travel Tips
Qikou Town Travel Guide
Pingyao Taxi

Any questions, just drop a line.

Pingyao Railway Stations

Friday, August 23rd, 2019
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Plan your Pingyao tour? Going to Pingyao Ancient City by train is most sought after by visitors coming from Beijing and Xian.

Now you are able to get to Pingyao Ancient City by high speed train directly from Beijing and Xian. The highspeed trains use the new railway station in Pingyao known as Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station (平遥古城火车站) ( officially also known as Pingyaogucheng Railway Station ).
So the city of Pingyao has two railway stations – Pingyao Railway Station and Pingyao Ancient Town Railway Station. You should be on the right station  no matter you arrive at or leave from Pingyao.

Pingyao Railway Station 平遥火车站
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Pingyao Railway Station is located about 1000 meters to the northeast of the west gate of  the ancient walled city of Pingyao, 1200 meters to the southwest of Pingyao Bus Station. Pingyao Railway Station was originally built in 1934. Now it is a two-storey building with a square outside its entrance.

The trains going to Pingyao Railway Station  mostly come from Taiyuan, Datong, Beijing, Luoyang and Xian or vice versa.  Most of the trains in and out are passing by normal  day or overnight trains.

So it is relatively difficult to get your train tickets here in Pingyao. It is advisable to book your train tickets well in advance from your departing cities of Beijing and Xian, especially during the tourist high season.

When you arrive at Pingyao Railway Station, you may taxi to the West Gate of the Walled Pingyao ancient city ( about RMB10 taxi fare) or walk to the west gate of the ancient city.

If you want to walk to the walled ancient city of Pingyao, you just go straight from Pingyao Railway Station along Shuncheng Street(顺城路), then turn left at the first crossroad to the east direction along the Lower Xiguan Street(下西关街) .

Arriving at the west gate, you can manage to walk to your hotel in the walled city or making use of an electric car carrying yout luggage for your lodging hotel.

Please note that the notorious electric cars have disappeared from the streets outside the walled city of Pingyao. Some taxi drivers have no.moral quality. They will charge passengers RMB 20 in the evening, which normally charges RMB10.

Almost all the hotels within the walled city of Pingyao offer free transfer between station or bus station and hotel transfer to alleviate the hustle involved.

Beijing Pingyao Overnight Train Timetable ( Pingyao Railway Station )
Some traveler still prefer to take an overnight train from Beijing to Pingyao and vice versa.

K603 Beijing Railway Station  – Pingyao Railway Station ( 17:17 – 05 18)
2603 Beijing Railway Station – Pingyao Railway Station  (23:42 – 14:05)
K609 Beijing Railway Station – Pingyao Railway Station  (23:51 – 09:35)

K604 Pingyao Railway Station  – Beijing Railway Station ( 17:03 – 05 37)
2604 Pingyao  Railway Station  – Beijing  Railway Station  (13:11 – 03:36)
K610 Pingyao Railway Station  – Beijing Railway Station  (20:32 – 06:09)

Xian – Pingyao Overnight Trains  ( Pingyao Railway Station )
1486 Xian Railway Station – Pingyao Railway Station( 12:04 – 22:44)
K690 Xian Railway Station– Pingyao Railway Station (17:17 – 03:39)
2672 Xian Railway Station – PingyaoRailway Station (22:53 – 07:13)

2671 Pingyao Railway Station – Xian Railway Station ( 00:28 – 08:28)
1485 Pingyao Railway Station – Xian Railway Station (16:32 – 08:29)
1095 Pingyao Railway Station – Xian Railway Station (20:42 – 10:14)

Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station 平遥古城火车站
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The highspeed trains in  Pingyao uses Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station instead of Pingyao Railway Station. So don’t confuse Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station with Pingyao Railway Station.

Pingyao Ancient Railway Station is located 10 km to the southwest of Pingyao Ancient City.

1.  Beijing – Pingyao by bullet trains
At the time of my writing, there are two daily bullet trains available going between Beijing and Pingyao.

Beijing West Railway Station – Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station:  D2001 ( 7:58 – 12:09)
Beijing West Railway Station – Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station:  D2005 ( 15: 29 – 19:39)

Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station – Beijing West Railway Station  :  D2002 ( 8: 41 – 12:55)
Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station  – Beijing West Railway Station :  D2006 ( 16: 11 – 20:40

2. Pingyao – Xian by Bullet Trains
At the time of my writing, there are four daily bullet trains available going between Xian and Pingyao (less than 3 hours).

Xian North Railway Station – Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station:  D2504 ( 10:13 – 13:06)
Xian North Railway Station – Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station:  D2508 ( 12: 05 – 14:55)
Xian North Railway Station – Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station:  D2532 ( 16:510 – 19:08)
Xian North Railway Station – Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station:  D2516 ( 19: 08 – 22:07)

Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station  :  D2531( 8: 41 – 12:55)
Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station  – Xian North Railway Station :  D2507 ( 14: 10 – 16::57)
Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station  :  D2509 ( 15:33 – 18:21 )
Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station  – Xian North Railway Station :  D2515 ( 19:19 – 22:16)

Tip:  Hassle-free Pingyao Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Pingyao Guided Tours:

Pingyao 3 Day Tour   from US$190 p/p
Pingyao Qikou 2 day Side Trip  from US$ 130 p/p
Pingyao Car Rental with Driver

Beijing Pingyao 2 Day Highspeed Train Tour   from US$ 195  p/p
Beijing Pingyao 3 Day Highspeed Train Tour  from US$ 280  p/p
Beijing Pingyao 4 Day Overnight Train Tour     from US$ 270 p/p

Further Readings


Top  10 Attractions in Pingyao
Best Time to Visit Pingyao
Where to Stay in Pingyao
Beijing Pingyao High Speed Train
Pingyao Bus Station
Pingyao Railway Station

Zhangbi Village
Wang Family Courtyard
Zhenguo Temple
Shuanglin Temple
Lijiashan Travel Tips
Qikou Town Travel Guide
Pingyao Taxi

Any questions, just drop a line.