Highlights

  • Pingyao is a small, well-preserved, "ancient city," which is famous for centuries-old architecture and China's first bank.

  • Visit the most famous cultural cities of China--Pingyao Ancient Town. Its concentration of China's famous historical sites, such as buildings, banks, attracts a set number of tourists from all over the world.

ITINERARY Close All

Day 1Pingyao Exploration Tour

Welcome to Pingyao, the famous travel destinations in Shanxi Province. Upon you arrive at Pingyao Station, our tour guide and driver will meet you at the exit of the train station, and escort you to your hotel.

After check-in, you will start the half-day trip in Pingyao Ancient Town - be ready to experience the shock of the rich culture. On the eastern end of the Xi Da Jie is Rishengchang Former Bank, which is the first draft bank in China. Your tour guide will bring you to see what banking used to be like 150 years ago.

In the turbulent environment of the Qing Dynasty, the protection of the tangible currency was extremely important; therefore, the escorts company ( Biaoju ) appeared. The Armed Escort Company Museum shows how this special business was formed and how it was run, and also introduces the top 10 escort companies and top 10 guards - they were all kung fu masters.

After visiting the highlights of the ancient town, it is great to go up high and have a view of the roofs of the ancient buildings. You will go up to the Ancient City Wall at dusk, and have a glimpse of the town before darkness arrives. Meanwhile, you can have dinner in the Mingqing Street area, which is the most prosperous area in the ancient town. The lanterns are all on at night, and it is very lively there in the evening.


Note:

  • It takes 20 mins ( 9 km ) from Pingyaogucheng Railway Station to Pingyao Ancient Town.

  • Pingyao was the financial centre of China in the late Qing Dynasty.


Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Pingyao
Altitude: 756m
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    Mingqing Street Area

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    Pingyao Ancient Town

Day 2Shuangling Temple, Traditional Dwellings and Departure

Continue our journey, today you will visit some Pingyao landmarks. The Shuanglin Temple is about 10 minutes driving distance from the ancient town, today we will start from it. It has over 2,000 coloured mud sculptures and considered to be the "unrestored glory" of Pingyao.

Then you will drive in a southerly direction for one hour to the Wang Family Courtyard House. Lunch will be arranged in a local restaurant on the way — your tour guide will assist you with reading the menu and ordering the dishes, and you will taste the most authentic local food.

The Wang Family Courtyard House has a nickname — the Forbidden City in Folk. Different from the famous Qiao's Family Compound, the Wang family was an official family, which had a higher social status. The family's generations lasted for over 300 years and built the compound that is approximately 250,000 square meters in size, among which 45,000 square meters (one fifth) is open to tourists. There are 123 courtyards and 1,118 rooms. You will spend about two hours there.

Say goodbye to Pingyao, and then your driver will take you to the train station according to your schedule.


Traffic: Car
Hotel: No accommodation
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 756m
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    Shuanglin Temple

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    Wangjia Family Courtyard

INCLUDES

  • Private transportation through out the itinerary. SRT will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure based on your flight info.

  • Shared accommodations in well located, tourist to superior class hotels include breakfast, service charge and government tax.

  • All entrance fees(shuttle bus) sightseeing; excursions and activities as per the itinerary

  • The 2nd class express train to Pingyao ( Pingyaogucheng Station ) listed in the itinerary

  • Private friendly and professional English-Speaking guides (French, Italy, Russian, German can be arranged per your request)

  • Visa support letter for you to apply Chinese visa easily.

  • Travel and health insurance when travel with us.

  • 8, A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling.

EXCLUDES

  • International and domestic flights not indicated.

  • Food, Lunch or dinner not specified

  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers

  • Personal expenses and the other tours or activities not mentioned

TRIP NOTES

  • We will upgrade trains to 1st class where available if book the tour 5 months in advance of departure.

  • There is no problem to travel Silk Road during Ramadan.

  • Complimentary 2 bottles of water each person on daily use.


Transportation

We will use business MPV to luxurious coaches and trains.


Accommodation

All the hotels we selected are 4-5star well-located in the city center with good and proper breakfast for our clients.


Guides

Our guides are very friendly, knowledgeable, helpful. And our group tours will be escorted from SRT.


Climate and Altitude

Generally speaking Mid March—End Oct are the best time to visit Silk Road. And we strongly suggest you come in May, June, October to avoid the heat and crowd. No need to worry about high altitude along the Silk Road. We will prepare Oxygen bags if the package includes Xiahe, Qinghai Lake and Taxkorgan County.


We offer beneficial Cancellation Policy to our customers.

  • Cancellation prior 15-29 days – 15% charge of the total land cost.

  • Cancellation prior 7-15 days – 30% charge of the total land cost.

  • Cancellation prior 2-7 days – 50% charge of the total land cost.

  • Cancellation prior 1-in the process of the tour – No refund unless it is agreed by SRT.


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We will not disclose such personal information to any third party. You have the right to require us at any time to delete your personal information.

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