10 Things to do in Pingyao County That You Shouldn't Miss

May 18, 2021 Jacquiline Darosa

Pingyao County is a county in Jinzhong Prefecture in central Shanxi Province, China. Pingyao, its eponymous seat of government, is a AAAAA-rated tourist attraction, preserving a great deal of architecture from the Ming & Qing dynasties. As of 2010, it had 502,712 residents.
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1. Ping Yao Temple of the City God

Chenghuang Temple Street, Pingyao County 031100 China
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4.5 based on 87 reviews

Ping Yao Temple of the City God

Reviewed By JoelK382 - Vancouver, Canada

This city temple has been beautifully restored. The temple itself is quite impressive but compact. The grounds are well kept and beautiful.

2. City Wall of Pingyao

Within Pingyao County, Pingyao County 031100 China
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4.5 based on 393 reviews

City Wall of Pingyao

Reviewed By JoelK382 - Vancouver, Canada

The city walls offer a perfect perch to look out onto the ancient city and the area surrounding the wall. There are also many interesting sculptures, military embattlements and equipment, etc.

3. Ming and Qing Dynasties Street

Ming and Qing Dynasties Street,South Main Street, Pingyao County 031100 China
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Ming and Qing Dynasties Street

4. Ancient City of Pingyao

In Pingyao County, Pingyao County 031100 China +86 354 569 0000 http://www.shanxipingyao.com
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4.5 based on 1,367 reviews

Ancient City of Pingyao

Reviewed By 413annp

Beautiful temples and walls to walk around, this was one of our favourite stops on our tour of China. If you are staying at a hotel in the old walled city, you travel by golf buggy at speed, down narrow alley ways, as no cars are allowed inside the walls. In the height of summer, I think it would be incredibly crowded as this is a well known historic city, and out of season is more manageable. We then travelled from the High Speed station in Pingyao to Xian, so you could do this as a day trip from Xian. The train journey is around 2 hours.

5. Qiao's Family Compound (Qiao Jia Dayuan)

Qiaojiabao Village, Dongguan Town, Pingyao County 030901 China +86 354 532 1045 [email protected]
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4.0 based on 258 reviews

Qiao's Family Compound (Qiao Jia Dayuan)

Reviewed By KodoDrummer - Yekaterinburg, Russia

This 9,000 square metre, private residential compound was constructed in the last half of the 18th century. It has 313 room and 25 courtyards of varying sizes. The courtyards include a grand courtyard, five other large, and 19 smaller ones. Its most famous resident was Qiao Zhiyong (1818 to 1907), a famous Chinese financier of the 19th century. The Qing dynasty architecture, wooden carvings, brick and stone carvings, and many other features are spectacular. The compound is sometimes used in movie sets. The movie “Raise the Red Lantern” was filmed here. The property is now used as a folk culture museum of Qixian County

6. Shuanglin Temple

Qiaotou Village, Zhongdu Country, Pingyao County 031100 China http://carollin.tw/shuanglin-temple
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4.0 based on 117 reviews

Shuanglin Temple

7. Pingyao Confucian Temple

In Ancient City of Pingyao, Pingyao County 031100 China
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4.0 based on 155 reviews

Pingyao Confucian Temple

Reviewed By book_of_dreams - Australia, null

I recommend getting the 3 day ticket to visit the many historic sites in Pingyao. This temple was expansive, with many beautiful structures and gardens. We walked around for an hour, and it was like a journey back in time, very atmospheric and beautiful

8. Gushi Tower

South Street, Pingyao County 030000 China
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4.0 based on 47 reviews

Gushi Tower

9. Pingyao Ancient Government Office

Center of the County, Pingyao County 030000 China
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4.0 based on 113 reviews

Pingyao Ancient Government Office

Reviewed By JoelK382 - Vancouver, Canada

This complex of government offices is quite interesting. It housed the 100s of workers that worked for the local governor.

10. Rishengchang Former Bank

Dapu Village, Pingyao County 031100 China
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4.0 based on 165 reviews

Rishengchang Former Bank

Reviewed By 752trishaj - Whangarei, New Zealand

As part of our Pingyo walking tour we went to the bank- was amazed at how it all started here in China. Old photos and relics helped acknowledge Pingyaos part in China's banking history

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