Pingyao

About Pingyao Travel

Introduction:     Pingyao is a tiny ancient town located in central Shanxi Province, 100 kilometers away from Taiyuan-capital of the province. Originally built in the West Zhou Dy..

Districts: Taiyuan Datong Jinzhong Pingyao Jincheng Changzhi Gujiao Jiexiu Lishi Linfen Pu Shuozhou Wutaishan Wu Xiaoyi Xinzhou Yangquan Yongji Yuncheng

Attractions: The No. 1 Security Guard Service in North China Wang family courtyard Tongxinggong Security Guard The Former Residence of Lei Lutai Weishengchang Ming and Qing Dynasty Street Shuanglin (Double-Grove) Temple He’s Compound Zhangbi Ancient Castle Cao Family Courtyard

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Pingyao Introduction

     Pingyao is a tiny ancient town located in central Shanxi Province, 100 kilometers away from Taiyuan-capital of the province. Originally built in the West Zhou Dynasty, it boasts a long history of over 2,700 years. As its sound preservation of urban landscape in China's Ming and Qing Dynasty, Pingyao was added to the UNESCO's World Heritage List in Dec. 31st 1997.
     There are three Key National Relics Protected Units in Pingyao, namely Pingyao City Wall, Shuangxiu Temple, Zhenguo Temple.
The City Wall itself, Streets, buildings and shops are all well preserved from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. In 1997, when the UNESCO decided to include the town o­n the World Heritage List, the comments read "the Ancient City of Ping Yao is an outstanding example of a Han Chinese city of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (14th-20th centuries) that has retained all its features to an exceptional degree and in doing so provides a remarkably complete picture of cultural, social, economic, and religious development during o­ne of the most seminal periods of Chinese history."
     "Ping Yao ancient city is the outstanding example of Chinese Han nationality cities during Ming and Qing Dynasties, remaining all features of such periods, Ping yao ancient city reveals a picture of unexpected cultural, social, economic and religious development in Chinese history." -World Relics Committee of UNESCO.
The ancient city of Pingyao, lasting for more than 2,700 years, is almost as old as legends before the recorded history of Chinese nationality.

Pingyao Traffic

Air
You could reach Shijiazhuang or Taiyuan by air, and then take bus or train to get to Pingyao.

Train
Pingyao is easily accessible from Taiyuan, Shijiazhuang

Bus
Regular Minibuses leave Taiyuan for Pingyao for around 10 yuan up to 6 pm. and the bus ride is approximately 2 hours.
If you plan to go to Xian, you are advised to buy your sleeper ticket in Taiyuan before heading for Pingyao for it is not possible to buy a sleeper there. Another option would be to upgrade your ticket in the train but this would be a more stressful and hard to come by.

Local Transport
There is no taxi or public transportation within the tiny town. You can use the following available means of transportation for getting around:

Rickshaw: This man-driven vehicle is the main means of transportation here. It is very easy to find o­ne that can take you for a stroll around the old streets.

Electro mobile: it's a kind of sight-view storage battery car which can accommodate 1-20 people.

Bicycle: it is maybe the easily way to tour around. Bicycles are available for rental just In front of your hotels. This is a popular means of transportation for many tourists to explore the ancient city wall when visiting there.

Pingyao Festivals

1 Jin Merchant Shehuo Festival
Characteristics of the activity:Shehuo as a traditional performance art existent widely among the folks of the Central Jin has become a folk entertainment activity full of good wishes such as happy events, luck and blessing. Its main activity items include appreciating festive lanterns of ancient Pingyao city, hanging auspicious bells o­n marvelous Mianshan Mountain and holding Shehuo in the Wangs’ grand courtyard house.
Location of the activity:Jiexiu Mianshan Mountain, ancient Pingyao City and the Qiaos’ grand courtyard house
Date of the festival:December 28th to January 18th of the Chinese lunar calendar of every year(February 9th to March 1st of the Gregorian calendar)

2 Ancient Pingyao City Cultural and International Tourist Festival
Characteristics of the activity:During the festival, there are several traditional folk culture and arts performances such as Welcoming Guest Ceremony in the Ancient Style, Casting an Embroidered Ball downstairs from a Storied Building to seek a Spouse and Interrogation of the Magistrate in the Feudal Society.
Location of the activity:The main meeting place is not fixed every year.
Date of the festival:It starts from June 9th of every year.

3 Yongji International Lover’s Month
Characteristics of the activity:The love story in the classical opera called the Romance of West Chamber happened here. Hence, this ancient temple with a history of o­ne thousand years become a tourist attraction enjoying a great reputation at and abroad.    
Location of the activity:Pujiu Temple of Yongji City
Date of the festival:September 26th to October 25th of every year

4 Wutai Mountain Temple Fair in June
Characteristics of the activity:Farmers, who want to trade livestock, believers in God, who want to make a pilgrimage to the mountain and worship the     Buddha, tourists home and abroad, who want to take sightseeing, and merchants, who come from all directions to do business, all gather together here. During the busiest period, the people gathering in Taihuai County reaches 140 to 150 thousand. There are also some colorful culture and arts programs at intervals.
Location of the activity:Taihuai Town of Wutai County
Date of the festival:June of every year

5 Buzha Dance (Mask Dance)
Characteristics of the activity:It is a significant Buddhist ritual, which can drive out the evils and greet happiness and peace.  
Location of the activity:Huangjiao Temple of Wutai Mountain
Date of the festival:June 15th of the Chinese lunar calendar of every year

6 Wutai Mountain International Tourist Month
Characteristics of the activity:During the festival, large-scale Buddhist rituals, folk culture and arts activities and the mule & horse livestock trade fair are held.
Location of the activity:Taihuai Town of Wutai County
Date of the festival:July 25th to August 25th of every year

7 Shanxi Noodles Festival
Characteristics of the activity:During the Shanxi Noodles Culture Festival, several activities such as introduction to quality noodle, savoring noodles and performance of making noodles. 
Location of the activity:Taiyuan
Date of the festival:September 27th to October 10th of every year

8 Kitchen God Worship Festival
Characteristics of the activity:When worshipping the kitchen god, the god should first be set up and then sumptuous food and wine are offered as a sacrifice. Cooking vessels, chopping blocks, bamboo containers are also set. Moreover, there is a ceremony of welcoming corpses.
Location of the activity:Every household
Date of the festival:December 23rd of the Chinese lunar calendar of every year

9 Ancient Temple Fair of Jin Ancestral Temple
Characteristics of the activity:The ancient temple fair in the Jin Ancestral Temple has also become a day of worshipping the god.
Location of the activity:Trade companies in all the counties in the suburbs of Taiyuan City
Date of the festival:July 2nd of the Chinese lunar calendar of every year

Pingyao Service Telephones

Government hotline: 12345
Police alarm: 110
First aid: 120
Traffic alarm: 122
Tourism complaints tel: 0354-2636528
Pingyao Railway Station: 0354-5623197
Pingyao Coach Station: 0354-5624233, 5623197

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