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

What should we know?

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

ItemSizeAverage Cost
Beer (multinational)500mlCNY6.50
Beer (national)500mlCNY1.65
Fizzy drink1 litreCNY5.20
Fruit juice1 litreCNY9.50
Gin (multinational)1 litreCNY110
Gin (national)1 litre
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Milk1 litreCNY17
Oil1 litreCNY21
Rum (multinational)1 litreCNY85
Rum (national)1 litre
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Vodka (multinational)1 litreCNY80
Vodka (national)1 litre
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Water1 litreCNY3.50
Whisky (multinational)1 litreCNY160
Whisky (national)1 litre
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Wine1 bottleCNY49
ItemSizeAverage Cost
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
Sandwich1 unit
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Tomatoes1kgCNY6
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Antifungal shampoo1 bottle
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Conditioner1 bottleCNY25
Condoms1 packCNY8.20
Deodorant1 canCNY22
Floss1 pack
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Hand sanitizer1 bottleCNY8.80
Laundry soap1 bar
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Razors1 packCNY24
Sanitary towels1 packCNY9
Shampoo1 bottleCNY21
Soap1 barCNY3.60
Tampons1 box
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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
Contact lens solution1 bottle
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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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Travel plug1 unit
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Turmeric100gCNY24
Stock1 packCNY5.50

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