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Private Tour: Wang's Family Compound and Shuanglin Temple From Pingyao

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Pingyao County, China
Private Tour: Wang's Family Compound and Shuanglin Temple From Pingyao

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore a masterpiece of Qing architecture plus one of China’s biggest Buddhist temples on a private 7-hour tour from Pingyao. Visit the Shuanglin Temple, famed for its multitude of painted clay statues, and explore the Wang Family Mansion, a walled maze of familial houses, pavilions, forts, and courtyards from the 16th century. A private guide, private round-trip transport, plus entrance fees and Chinese lunch included.
  • 7-hour private tour of Shuanglin Temple and Wang Family Mansion from Pingyao
  • Tour UNESCO-listed Shuanglin Temple, one of China’s largest Buddhist temples
  • View the 2,000 statues, galleries, and courts of the ornate temple
  • Visit the Wang Family Mansion, a labyrinth of forts, houses, and courtyards from the 16th century
  • Wander through the squares and halls, and learn about Wang social hierarchies
  • Includes entrance fees and Chinese lunch at a local restaurant
  • Private guide, and private transport with Pingyao hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Hotel pick-up and drop-off
English-speaking tour guide
Transfer by reliable driver and air-conditioned vehicle
Entrance fee
Gratuities
Lunch fee (RMB 60 per capita, depending on appetite).

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick-up area should be within Pingyao.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Meet your private guide at your hotel, and hop inside your private, climate-controlled vehicle.

Then, sit back and gaze out at Pingyao’s suburbs as you make the roughly 20-minute journey to the village of Qiaotou, the home of Shuanglin Temple. Built about 1,500 years ago, this ornate Buddhist place of worship is famous for its ancient locust trees, frescoes, and over 2,000 clay statues of Buddha.

On arrival, head inside the UNESCO-listed complex to explore the ornately designed, mural-coated halls and courtyards. View the rows of brightly painted statues dating to the Song and Yuan dynasties, and hear from your guide how ‘Shuanglin’ translates as ‘double forest,’ a reference to the two trees Buddha passed under to enter 'nirvana,' the highest state of happiness.

Having explored here, continue to a local restaurant for a delicious Chinese lunch, and then relax on the approximately 1-hour drive to your next stop: the Wang Family Mansion.

This beautiful, hillside cluster of 123 courtyards and 1,118 rooms is a masterpiece of Qing dynasty residential architecture. Originally built in the 16th century for the prominent Wang merchant family, it was expanded and restored right up until the 19th century.

Enter the magnificent, walled compound, and explore the labyrinthine quadrangles and alleyways. Admire the folk architecture of the houses, temples, and pavilions, and hear how they reflect the strict social hierarchies of those who lived here. On your wanders, stop to visit the exhibition halls and museums. Take in the precious artworks, calligraphy, jade, and other treasures on display, and hear about the stories and symbolism behind them.

After about seven hours’ exploring, relax on your ride back to Pingyao, where your tour concludes with a hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Shuanglin Temple
At 9:00 am, you will be greeted by your private tour guide at your hotel in Pingyao start the day. Also known as "Double Forest Temple", Shuanglin Temple is located about a 20-minute drive from Pingyao Old Town. Shuanglin Temple was built about 1,500 years ago and renowned for its ancient locust trees, steles, frescoes, and particularly over 2,000 vivid and well preserved color-painted mud sculptures.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan)
Afterwards, drive about one hour to visit Wang Family Mansion. This huge magnificent courtyard complex occupies a higher ground overlooking a broad landscape. It boasts 123 courtyards and 1,118 rooms which entails all the major architectural features of north China peasant homes. It's buildings and decorations reflect strict social hierarchy of the time, and all of the carvings and statues have lots of meanings and stories behind them. After the tour, return to your hotel in Pingyao at about 16:00pm.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
  • Lunch is not included in this tour. But you can have a lunch break at any time if needed, just let your tour guide know.
  • 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.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Wang's Family Compound and Shuanglin Temple From Pingyao?
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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Wang's Family Compound and Shuanglin Temple From Pingyao?
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
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Wang's Family Compound and Shuanglin Temple From Pingyao?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Wang's Family Compound and Shuanglin Temple From Pingyao?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Our tour guide, Michael, was punctual...
thedairy123
, Nov 2016
Our tour guide, Michael, was punctual, friendly and very knowledgeable. His English was excellent. Wang Family Mansion is well worth a visit. It gave really good insights into Chinese family life in the past. Michael brought the experience to life by adding details that you couldn't get just by looking at the buildings. For instance, he explained the differences in the lives of sons and daughters. We would have been happy to have just visited the Wang Family Mansion, but we thought that the Shuanglin Temple was a reasonably interesting add on. Again Michael gave us lots of relevant information about this Buddhist temple. Lunch was at our hotel. We didn't get a choice of food. However the food was very tasty. We would have preferred to have been taken to a different restaurant and to have chosen from the menu and for Michael and the driver to have been allowed to join us. This is what happened on our other guided tour.

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