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Half-Day Private Walking Tour of Pingyao Ancient City

Jinzhong, China
Half-Day Private Walking Tour of Pingyao Ancient City

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Overview

Step back in time in one of China’s best-preserved Ming-era cities on a private 8-hour tour of Pingyao Old Town. This medieval, walled UNESCO-listed town is famed for its Ming and Qing architecture and quaint streets. Visit the Town Hall, Rishengchang Draft Bank, and other must-sees, walk along the city walls, and learn about Pingyao's mercantile past from a private guide. Includes admission fees, lunch, and private hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Private 8-hour walking tour of Pingyao Old Town
  • Explore the quaint streets and landmarks of UNESCO-listed Old Pingyao
  • Visit the Town Hall (Xianya), Rishengchang Draft Bank, and Armed Escort Company Museum
  • Stroll on the city walls and down bustling Ming-Qing Street
  • Entrance fees and lunch at a traditional restaurant included
  • Personalized attention from a private guide, with hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Private English-speaking tour guide
Gratuities
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
PingyaoAncientCityPASS Ticket
Lunch

Departure Point

656J+8P7, Pingyao, Jinzhong, Shanxi, China

We will meet at your hotel where is in the Pingyao Ancient Twon.

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your private guide at your hotel in Pingyao, and set off by private, air-conditioned vehicle for your 8-hour tour.

On route, hear about the Old Town’s history, culture, and architecture from your guide. Founded during the Western Zhou dynasty more than 2,700 years ago, and rebuilt in 1370, this quaint, walled enclave is one of China’s best-preserved Ming-dynasty old towns.

Each sight in the UNESCO-listed town has a story, so follow your guide around the atmospheric streets to learn about the events and people who shaped their past.

Start with a leisurely stroll around the highlights. Visit the richly decorative Town Hall (Xianya) that served as a government office, tax office, court, and prison. Learn about the work of the government officials employed here, and see what was once the penitentiary and some of its grisly instruments of punishment.

Swing by the 200-year-old Rishengchang Draft Bank, China’s first-ever bank, and explore the Armed Escort Company Museum. This building was the headquarters of a 19th-century security company that hired out guards to protect cash belonging to Pingyao’s merchants.

At a convenient point, break for a traditional Shanxi lunch at a local restaurant before resuming your explorations.

Stretch your legs along the 3.7-mile (6-kilometer) ancient walls encircling the Old Town, and hear fascinating anecdotes and tales from your guide as to why the walls and old streets gave Old Pingyao the name of ‘Turtle City.’

Amble along Ming-Qing Street, the Old Town’s commercial hub. Admire the elaborate Ming and Qing pavilions, houses, and courtyards, and observe Pingyao’s residents going about their daily routines. Peruse the antique, calligraphy, souvenir, and food shops, and stop to watch vendors and artisans making handicrafts for sale.

After roughly eight hours, your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off in the late afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ancient City of Pingyao
Pingyao Ancient City is bounded by an intact city wall, gates access the old town at various points in the east, west, north and south. The Ancient City Wall is a good place to start the tour. It was constructed nearly 3,000 years ago, and at present it still keeps the original appearance of the city wall renovated in the early Ming Dynasty which is several hundred years ago. The contruction method is simply but delicate. Its circumference is about 6,163 meters, with a height at 6 to 10 meters.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ming and Qing Dynasties Street
The old town's main drag is Nan Dajie, also known as 'Ming-and-Qing-Dynasties Ancient Street', is the central axis of Pingyao Ancient City. During the Ming and Qing dynasties (1367–1912), Nan Dajie (South Street) controlled more than half of the financial institutions in China and was known as the 'China’s Wall Street' of that period. Now it is still the most prosperous place in Pingyao.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Pingyao Confucian Temple
Pingyao Confucius Temple is the earliest built and the best preserved of its kind in China. It has an exhibition showing the history and development of ancient China' imperial examination system. Other precious relics on display include ancient civil officials' costumes and accessories and the examination paper of a number one scholar.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Rishengchang Former Bank
Established in 1823, Rishengchang is the first and was the biggest draft bank in China at that time, and had been famous for "Hui Tong Tian Xia", meaning "business conneting the whole world". Rishengchang is located on the West Street of Pingyao Ancient Town. From its establishment via prosperity till its closure, it operated for over 100 years. At Rishengchang, visitors will learn about its development and how it was managed via the exhibitions.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • You will receive details about tour guide and exact meeting time in your voucher the day before. And the tour guide will also contact you through hotel or leave a message for you regarding the exact time the night before tour.
  • Your AncientCityPASS ticket includes 22 attractions for one-time admission each. Your ticket is valid for 3 consecutive days, starting with and including the first day of use. Ticket fee RMB125 is not included in this tour pricing.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Trippest Mini Group Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Half-Day Private Walking Tour of Pingyao Ancient City?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Private Walking Tour of Pingyao Ancient City.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Private Walking Tour of Pingyao Ancient City?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Private Walking Tour of Pingyao Ancient City.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Private Walking Tour of Pingyao Ancient City?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Private Walking Tour of Pingyao Ancient City.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Private Walking Tour of Pingyao Ancient City?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Private Walking Tour of Pingyao Ancient City.

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