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Beijing to Pingyao Independent Tour

Starting from Beijing, this 3-day independent tour leads you to Pingyao, an antique town surviving more than 2,700 years in Shanxi Province.
Day 1 Beijing - Pingyao
Pingyao City Wall

 Get to Pingyao from Beijing and Settle Down

After breakfast, take subway line 7 or line 9 to Beijing West Railway Station for your onward high speed train to Pingyao. You may take train G605 leaving at around 10:30 to reach Pingyao Ancient Town Railway Station in around 4 hours. 

Upon arrival, take bus no. 108 for about 30 minutes to the North Gate of Pingyao Ancient City. Or you can hail a cab to get there at a cost of CNY30. You may find yourself a neat hostel inside the town and check in.

 Climb Pingyao Ancient City Wall

After settling down, you can stroll around to get your first impression of the old city or pamper your stomach in a local restaurant.

Then, you may walk to the West Gate or North Gate of the Ancient City Wall to buy a combo ticket at the cost of CNY125, which is valid for three days. Keep it well for it is required when you enter the ancient buildings and museums inside the town during the following two days' visit. 

Later, climb up the Ancient City Wall to have a full view of the whole town. Descend from the lower east gate to visit Qingxu Temple, which is a peaceful destination away from the bustling center of the city.

When today's independent tour is over, please go back to your hotel and have a good rest for your next day's independent Pingyao tour.
Day 2 Pingyao - Wang Family Compound - Pingyao
Wang Family Compound
Today, you are suggested to make a side trip to the Wang Family Compound, a luxury castle-like residence of a business family with over 230 courtyards and around 2,000 rooms opening for visit. 

 How to Get to Wang’s Compound from Pingyao

After breakfast, please get to Pingyao Bus Station near the northern gate of the ancient city. There are direct buses to Wang's Compound and you are suggested to take one departing before 09:00. You will arrive at the Wang's Compound after around one hour's drive. Reverse the trip back to Pingyao when you finish the tour there. 

On the way back, you may get off at the Shuanglin Temple which is famed as the museum of ancient sculptures with over 2,000 colored statues on display inside. Having admired vivid Buddhist sculptures, you may take bus no. 108 back to Pingyao Ancient City. 
Day 3 Departure from Pingyao
Ancient Ming-Qing Street

 Visit Core Area of Pingyao Ancient City & Rishengchang Former Bank

This morning you can continue to tour around the antiquated Pingyao town. You are recommended to wander along the quaint street to approach the heart area of the city. At the joint point of West Street and North Street stands the famous Rishengchang Former Bank. By viewing plenty of precious exhibits there, you can have a rough idea of the rise of China's banks and Jin merchants, the general name of Shanxi businessmen in old times.

 Move on to Ancient Government Office

After that, go down a narrow alley southwards to find the Ancient Government Office, which served as the local political center and law court in the past. If you arrive there at the right time, you should have a chance to enjoy a performance reproducing the trial at the law court. At the back of this large yard is the former prison. Going inside, you can have a view of the harsh accommodation environment of prisoners and terrifying torture equipment.

 Tour Temple of the City God, Confucius Temple & Ancient Ming-Qing Street

Getting out of the government, please follow the street in front all the way to the east to visit the Temple of the City God and Confucius Temple. You will pass by the prosperous Ancient Ming-Qing Street in the midway. It is suggested you walk back to this busy commercial street after your visit of the two temples and spend the rest of the time there. More than 70 time-honored shops and restaurants during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 - 1644) are well preserved here. You can find various fancy gadgets and treat yourself with a good meal in one of the restaurants along the street.

 Get Back to Beijing or Extend Your Trip to Xian

Your 3-day independent Pingyao tour from Beijing draws to an end at this point. After that, please check out of the hostel and take a taxi or the bus no. 108 to Pingyao Ancient Town Railway Station. You can either take a high speed train back to Beijing, or extend your independent tour to a famed historical city, Xian, which is brimmed with renowned cultural relics like Terracotta Army, City Wall, and Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

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Questions & Answers
Asked by Robert Strang from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 24, 2015 18:33Reply
What is the cost for the above itinerary
Does this include the terra cotta warriors? Can I hire a car in Beijing and drive myself around and if so how much?
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Aug. 24, 2015 20:33

No. The terracotta Wariors Museum is in Xi'an. You can hire a car with a driver in each city as the traffic in China is complicated and it is very hard for foreigners. Thanks for your attention.
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