Pingyao Old City One-Day Tour

Pingyao Old City One-Day Tour

Explore Pingyao, famed for its well-preserved ancient walls, on this 8-hour tour. Your local guide will lead you to ancient temples and government buildings as well as what was the main commercial street of the city.

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Stop At: Pingyao Confucian Temple, In Ancient City of Pingyao, Pingyao County 031100 China

Throughout most of its history, Pingyao Confucian Temple was the home of the local school. With the abolition of the old Chinese examination system that had been set up during the final years of the reign (CE 1875-1908) of Emperor Guangxu during the Qing (CE 1644-1911) Dynasty, the old local school hierarchy was also abolished. Thus the local school at Pingyao Confucian Temple became the Industrial School of Pingyao County.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ping Yao Temple of the City God, Chenghuang Temple Street, Pingyao County 031100 China

A double-eave wooden arch in front of the Temple of the City God, Pingyao City, Shanxi.
The Temple of the City God is situated in the southeast of the ancient city, covering an area of 7,302 square meters (around 8,733 square yards). It has a long history but has been well preserved. The structures of it embody the combined culture of Buddhism, Daoism and folk culture. The wonderful woodcarvings and mural paintings inside the temple reflect the excellent craftsmanship.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: City Wall of Pingyao, Within Pingyao County, Pingyao County 031100 China

The City Wall of Pingyao is one of the well-preserved walls in China. In 1997, the City Wall along with the Ancient Town was listed as one of the World Cultural Heritage. It was originally built in the West Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC - 771 BC), but the current one was the remains rebuilt in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Rishengchang Former Bank, Dapu Village, Pingyao County 031100 China

Your local guide will meet you at your Pingyao hotel at 9am to begin day-tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit Rishenchange, the earliest draft bank in China. Established in 1823 during the early Qing Dynasty, it was the cornerstone of modern Chinese banking. Explore the City Wall, one of the best-preserved ancient walls, and the ancient government building.
Next, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, visit the Armed Escort Company Museum on the original site of the security firm in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It features the history of the armed escorts.
Visit two temples, the Confucius Temple and the City God Temple. Lastly, explore Ming and Qing Street, which was the main commercial street in Pingyao. It is one of China’s cultural and historical landmarks, where both locals and tourists come to discover the antique charm of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Ming and Qing Dynasties Street,South Main Street, Pingyao County 031100 China

Situated on South Avenue of the Pingyao Ancient City, the Ancient Ming-Qing Street was the noisiest centre of business at that time. The street is not very wide, with various kinds of shops orderly arranged along the road. These shops were all built with bricks and stones completely in the style of Ming and Qing architecture, which are all the prototypes of the aged buildings and quite different from the imitation works now. In the granite thresholds of each decent house, two lines of deep trails left by the running-over carriages can still be found, which provides evidence of the former bustle of business and also the pride held for them in the old days.

Duration: 30 minutes

Informacion Adicional
"Children must be accompanied by an adult"
"A minimum of 2 people per booking is required"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"

Start Time: 09:00 AM
Duration: 7 To 8 Hours
Start location: Pingyao County, Pingyao County, Shanxi

Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Chinese lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Ming and Qing Dynasties Street

Not Included

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Dinner
  • Personal expense
  • Gratuities


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