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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

Karenkatz,
Westborough, Massachusetts
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Pingyao Travel Guide

Pingyao Location: situated at a place 90 kilometers south of Taiyuan

Population: 35,000

Area: 1,260 square kilometers

Nationalities: Han, Miao, Hui, Mongolia, Manchu, Tibet

History: According to historical records, in the West Zhou Dynasty (1045-256 BC), the King of Xuan dispatched his general Yin Jiefu to fight invaders of other kingdoms. General Yin stationed his troops in the Ancient Tao and constructed a defensive wall there. In the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), from the year 1370, the government enlarged and reconstructed the city wall to provide greater space for military purposes. In the last 500 years of the Ming and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, the wall has been reconstructed and repaired 26 times or so, but its basic style and size remained without many changes.
The magnificent wall has been standing there for 600 years through the flames of war and natural weathering. Glints and flashes of swords and spears, and flames and explosions of war all have become things of history. The military function of the strong and high city wall has become redundant. Now the old wall presents to later generations a reminder of the changing dynasties and the events that occurred in the past three thousand years.

Climate: Located in central China, Pingyao climate is typically temperate. Annual average temperature of Pingyao is about 10ºC . Winter is very cold while summer is often rainy and hot. April and November are the best time to visit there. Temperate, continental, monsoonal climate; long and cold winters and mild summers. Average Temperature: -16 - -2ºC in January while 19-28ºC in July.

Transportation: Situated in central Shanxi, Pingyao County is 94 kilometers (58.4 miles) northeast of Taiyuan, 616 kilometers (382.8 miles) northeast of Beijing, 543 kilometers (337.4miles) west of Xian, 758 kilometers (471 miles) east of Tianjin and 2390 kilometers (1485 miles) to Guangzhou. Owing to the passing-by Tong-Pu Railway, No.108 National Highway, Dong-Xia Road, Fen-Tun Road and Dayun Highway, Pingyao has quite a convenient transportation

Local Specialties: Pingyao Smooth Lacquer, Pingyao Paper-cut, Handcraft Cloth Shoes, Liuhetai Pillow, Shadow Figure

Local Food: Pingyao Beef, Pingyao Wantuo, Qiaomian Kaolaolao, Pingyao Miao Erduo, Pingyao Yam


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