Pingyao

Town:Pingyao
Location: > > Shanxi
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    Top Descriptions

    Reportedly one of the best preserved walled cities in , Pingyao is an ancient town deep in the heart of Shanxi province that’s a great place to visit if you’re historically or culturally inclined. Smog can be bad here, especially in the winter when coal is burnt to keep warm, but the town certainly makes up for this in tradition and charm. In fact, for the casual tourist there are many interesting hutongs (narrow alleys) to explore, a number of foreigner-friendly restaurants on offer, some good but small museums, and many of the accommodations are in fanciful traditional styles too. It must be said though that no single attraction here is too grand or impressive, but taken together Pingyao certainly makes for a worthwhile and interesting historical stopover.
     
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    Top Tips

    Pingyao is certainly much more popular with domestic tourists than international ones and the crowds can get quite bad here, especially during national holidays. If you’re here for the photography, try to get to sites before the tours roll in after 8am.
    It’s possible to climb up onto the and walk around the circumference of the town. This might be a good first activity to help you get your bearings.
    There are some interesting sights that are worth visiting just outside of town, such as the .
     
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    The Location

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      Name in local script:平遥古城
      Also known as:Píngyáo
       
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      Environment type:hill, woods
      Location type:town, urban, rural, village
       
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      How much will it cost us?

      Currency:Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY)
      Average daily budget:CNY280

      When should we go there, and for how long?

      Average time taken:3 nights
      High season:September, October
      Low season:November, December

        How can we get in contact?

        Language(s):English, Mandarin
        Timezone:UTC+08:00
        Country calling code:86

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          What are the numbers and averages?

          Number of attractions visited:10
          Travel time to attractions:15 minutes
          Travel time to next location:4 hours, 35 minutes
           
          Altitude:767m
          Population:502712
          Size:1,260 km2

          Local Availability

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            Beer (multinational)500mlCNY6.50
            Beer (national)500mlCNY1.65
            Fizzy drink1 litreCNY5.20
            Fruit juice1 litreCNY9.50
            Gin (multinational)1 litreCNY110
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            Milk1 litreCNY17
            Oil1 litreCNY21
            Rum (multinational)1 litreCNY85
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            Water1 litreCNY3.50
            Whisky (multinational)1 litreCNY160
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            Wine1 bottleCNY49
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            Almonds100gCNY18
            Apples1kgCNY14
            Bananas1kgCNY10
            Bell pepper1kgCNY6
            Bread1 loafCNY8
            Carrots1kgCNY6
            Chillies1kgCNY10
            Chocolate (multinational)1 barCNY5
            Chocolate (national)1 barCNY3
            Coconut milk1 canCNY6.50
            Cucumber1kgCNY8
            Eggs1 dozenCNY14
            Garlic1kgCNY12
            Ginger1kgCNY11
            Honey1 jarCNY27
            Ice cream1 unitCNY3.50
            Jam1 jarCNY6.82
            Onions1kgCNY2
            Oranges1kgCNY26
            Pasta1kgCNY17
            Peanut butter1 jarCNY17
            Peanuts100gCNY13
            Potatoes1kgCNY5
            Raisins100gCNY4.20
            Rice1kgCNY8
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            Tomatoes1kgCNY6
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            Conditioner1 bottleCNY25
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            Deodorant1 canCNY22
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            Sanitary towels1 packCNY9
            Shampoo1 bottleCNY21
            Soap1 barCNY3.60
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            Toilet roll1 unitCNY2.10
            Toothpaste1 tubeCNY8
            Washing powder1 boxCNY8.50
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            Antiseptic cream1 tubeCNY13
            Bandages1 packCNY6.50
            Chapstick1 unitCNY8
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            Headache tablets1 packCNY2.50
            Ibuprofen1 packCNY3
            Mosquito repellent1 bottleCNY14
            Nail clippers1 set
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            Plasters1 packCNY4.80
            Sun cream1 bottle
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            Sunglasses1 pair
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            Batteries4-packCNY27
            Chilli powder100gCNY18.50
            Cigarettes (multinational)20-packCNY21
            Cigarettes (national)20-packCNY5.50
            Coriander100gCNY23
            Cumin100gCNY21
            Fuel1 litre
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            Internet1 hour
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            Lighter1 unitCNY1
            Matches1 packCNY0.50
            Paprika100gCNY21
            Travel multiadapter1 unit
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            Turmeric100gCNY24
            Stock1 packCNY5.50

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