Find out the real ancient China culture in Pingyao on this 2 days Private Pingyao Tour From Shanghai by Flight! Pingyao is a remarkable journey through Chinese history, this private tours from Shanghai covers top highlights of Pingyao that includes Qiao's Family Compound, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed, Pingyao Ancient City Wall, Mingqing Street and much more. Your private tour guide will be able to answer al your questions and make the best of your time during the tour.
Duration: 2 Days, 1 Night
Qiao Family Courtyard, Mingqing Street, Pingyao Ancient City Wall, Armed Escort Company Museum, County Government Office
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In the early morning, your Shanghai driver will pick you up at your Shanghai hotel and transfer you to the airport, you'll fly to Pingyao(around 2.5 hours). Upon arrival, your local Pingyao guide will greet you at the exit of the airport with your name sign.
The first spot is Qiao Family Courtyard. It is a courtyard house located in Qi County, northeast of Pingyao Ancient County. It is the residential compound of well-known financier Qiao Zhiyong(乔致庸,1818—1907), who was the most famous member of the Qiao family. Construction began in 1756 during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor in the Qing Dynasty and was completed sometime in the 18th century. The estate covers 9000 square meters and has 313 rooms with 4000 square meters within 6 large courtyards and 19 smaller courtyards. Architects consider it to be one of the finest remaining examples of imposing private residences in northern China. It has been converted into a museum and has many period furnishings.
After visiting Qiao Family Courtyard, drive to your hotel in Pingyao directly and check-in. Your lunch will be arranged at the local restaurant popular with the local people to stay away from the tourists' meals.
In the afternoon, visit the Ancient Wall of Pingyao City. The wall is 6,400 meters long and is considered one of the four best-preserved city walls in China and, after Ming and Qing Dynasty repair work, it has kept its original design and structure. The city is laid out in a square pattern with walls about 12 meters high. The outer facing is brick, and there are battlements and a moat, four meters wide and deep.
The last stop is Mingqing Street. Mingqing Street is located on Pingyao county’s central axis. Stores from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties are well preserved on the street. The street is the most prosperous business center in Pingyao. On either side of the 400-meter-long street lie 78 stores, including draft banks, pawn shops, drug stores, groceries, butcher shops and clothing shops.
After the tour, drive you back to your hotel in Pingyao.
After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby. The tour for today will starts on Armed Escort Company Museum. Founded in 1885, It is the only private organization of armed escort in Pingyao's history and one of two most famous during the Ming and Qing dynasty, was found in 1885. And now is a museum offers an eye-opening insight into the significant role played by armed escorts in promoting commerce. The economic boom under the Ming and Qing dynasties meant a lot of cash moving from one area to the next. To avoid thieving hands, Pingyao's wise and thoughtful merchants left their cash passed all the way safely in the professional hands of the security company.
The last stop in Pingyao is County Government Office. Located to the southwest of Pingyao Ancient City center on Yamen Street, Ancient Government Office is the largest and best-preserved existing ancient county government office in China. Pingyao Ancient Government Office dates back to the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534). One can learn of the bureaucratic culture of Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1912) from its architecture, plaques, and couplets.
After the tour is finished, your driver will transfer you to the airport and you fly back Shanghai. You will be escorted to your hotel when you arrive in Shanghai.
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