The Ancient City of Pingyao
The Pingyao is one of the most complete ancient towns in China which dates back to the Ming and Qing Dynasty. The ancient town is enclosed by a 6000-meter-long ancient wall in the shape of a square, were used as military fortifications. The 3,000 magnificent battlements on the top of the city wall represent the 3,000 disciples of Confucius. Inside the town there are many ancient buildings, folk houses with a long history. Now some of them have been converted into restaurants, bars or hotels. It is a typical example of a Ming and Qing Dynasty (13680-1911) Chinese town. The streets in this ancient town are broad and very well planned. Walking along the ancient streets, you seem to have landed in a world beyond the present one. You will see the well-preserved ancient city with a grand City Wall, traditional residences, former security guard companies, time-honored shops, and even the previous government office. Not only can you view quaint buildings, but also buy specialties, snacks, and souvenirs there. One overnight in local guesthouse will be recommended to make your stay more memorable.