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Pingyao, China

In 1997 Pingyao became a Unesco World Heritage Site and the ancient city is extremely well preserved and the only city in China to be surrounded by completely intact city walls.

It was a former financial center during the Ming and Qing dynasties and is home to China’s earliest banks.

Many of the old courtyard houses along the main streets have been opened up as museums or even guesthouses, while the bustling back streets are a hub of local activity.

Paper cutting

Pingyao is famous for paper cutting, a skill that has been passed down through the generations. Paper cuttings of various colors and sizes can be bought from traditional shops on Ming Qing Jie, Pingyao's central street.

There are also many antique shops and restaurants along this bustling street.

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    Accommodation choices for Pingyao

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Pingyao. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Yide Guesthouse, Pingyao

      Yide Guesthouse

      Simple

      The Yide is a delightful eighteenth century courtyard style guesthouse located on a side street within easy walking distance of Pingyao’s main streets.

    • Jing's Residence, Pingyao

      Jing's Residence

      First Class

      A beautifully converted traditional courtyard property, Jing’s Residence has combined modern comfort with the UNESCO world heritage town’s famed traditional architecture.