The Ancient City of Pingyao 平遥古城

Ping Yao is well-preserved city from the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046 – 771 BC) rebuilt in the 14th century. It becomes a World Cultural Heritage in 1997. A mere 60 miles/100 km southwest of Jinzhong/Taiyuan in Shanxi province, it’s one of 4 old towns in China (the other 3 are: Lijiang, Huizhou and Langzhong). Hotels, restaurants, shops and of course historical sites & museums.

how to get thereshopping and eating.

We set out on the first day after the long Golden Week. Grandaunt Qiao decides to keep me company even she’s been there three times.

Thank you, grandma!

We pick a wagon and a guide from the parking lot near the north gate Gongji Gate 拱极门; the combo includes four ticket-require attractions out of total of 22. Over all, we walked 3.5 miles/5.6 km that day, a total 8,635 steps. For me, it’s nothing but a bit tough for grandma. However, she does just fine and even goes to dinner that night. Great going grandma! Keep it strong.



A panoramic view on top of the old wall from the northern gate. The encircled wall which resembles a shape of tortoise, is 4 miles/6 kilometers long, 40 ft/12 meters tall; the top varies from 10 to 20 ft/3 to 6 meters wide. The wall is built with bricks and stones.

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Dark vinegar is one of Shanxi’s specialties, mature vinegar 老陈醋 made from sorghum. It differs from black Zhejiang known as Chinkiang vinegar that made from rice. The residents are being gradually moved out.

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Eating in Pingyao is fun. We’ve lunch at Xiyu Cheng Hotel 西裕成 招待所, sampling a few specialties, such as wantu 碗秃 that’s made with buckwheat 荞面 and kaolaolao 栲栳栳  bee-heave lookalike, which is made with 莜麦 naked oats. There are bars and dog poop candy 狗屎糖 – sorry I didn’t try.

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Scenes, dress up parade and shops that worth stopping by.

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The palatial Pingyao county gov office on Yamen St is originally built in 1346, completed with bells and whistles, and a karaoke. Does the prison look less intimidating than the torture?

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The Yingxun Gate 迎熏门 at south.

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We didn’t go for the indoor play Seeing Pingyao Again 又见平遥 by 王潮歌, directed by Wang Chaoge, 大型室内情境体验剧 a large-scale indoor scenes experience drama.

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