Pingyao Nightlife

When night falls, the ancient city wall of Pingyao is enveloped in gentle colorful neon light. Numerous red lanterns hang in the avenues portraying a grand air. However, except for some main avenues, most of the streets and lanes become dark for most shops in this Old City close early in the evening. Pingyao people keep to their original life style far away from the fascinating nightlife of the modern city.

Pingyao at Night
Pingyao at Night
Show of Youjian Pingyao
Show of Youjian Pingyao

There are a few bars in Pingyao Old City. This one is recommended:

The Sakura lies at the junction of West Avenue and South Avenue. Sakura is a chain and this one is a branch of the one in Lijiang. The decor is simple and romantic and western food and drinks are served.
Tips: a computer for surfing the Internet is available.

Local Show in Pingyao Old City
These antique residences and shops show people the charm and flavor in a static way whilst various local shows in ancient form and content may divulge the antique characteristics of Pingyao Old City dynamically:

Lawsuit Settling in County Government Office shows the whole process of how the county magistrate settled lawsuits in olden time. The show is interesting and humorous.
Location: Zhengfu Street (Yamen Street), Old City
Time: 10:00, 11:00, 15:30 (from Monday to Friday)
10:00, 11:00, 15:00, 16:00 (from Saturday to Sunday)

Pingyao Performance Welcome Ceremony for Guests is grand. The song and dance show is in Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) style.
Location: Outside the North Gate of Old City
Time: on Saturday and Sunday

Local Wedding Ceremony is a typical lively Chinese traditional wedding with all the necessary elements, bridal sedan-chair, honor guard, folk music band and the bride and bridegroom in antique costumes.
Location: South Avenue
Time: on Saturday and Sunday

Bill Writing and Interview at the Exchange Shop gives you a chance to get an ancient Chinese hand-written bill and learn about how the ancient interview worked by a series of tests.
Location: Rishengchang Former Bank, West Avenue, Old City
Time: Every day

Pingyao Da Xitai (Pingyao Theater)
Pingyao Da Xitai was the entertainment place for those businessmen in Pingyao. Now it is a place for people to learn about and appreciate the local art of Pingyao. Shows of various types like the Jinzhong yangko (a kind of folk performance of north China), music and dance drama betray a vivid Pingyao with the theme of local people's daily life.
Address: Chenghaungmiao Street, Old City
Admission Fee: CNY 48 per person

- Last updated on Jul. 11, 2022 -
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