Raise the Red Lantern

3-Day Pingyao Cultural City Tour - China

Prices from £298 pp

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Duration3 days / 2 nights (flexible)


Suitable for families

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Explore Pingyao ancient city, a fascinating walled town packed with atmospheric cobbled alleyways, friendly locals and dangling lanterns. It’s a day dreamy step into bygone centuries. A curious maze of traditional courtyards, small teahouses and Buddhist temples, it’s somewhere to soak up the spirit of ancient China. Circled by a city wall and dating back to the Ming dynasty, Pingyao is a place steeped in history and culture.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Transfer from Beijing hotel to train station
  • 2nd Class Bullet Train tickets from Beijing to Pingyao
  • Transfers from Pingyao train station to hotel and vice versa
  • Excursion to Zhenguo Temple and Qiao Family Compound

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Arrival in Pingyao

You’ll be whisked away to Beijing’s train station to meet your bullet train to Pingyao. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted at the train station and transferred directly to your traditional courtyard hotel. It’s a place packed with character, from tiny staircases to hidden nooks and sunny courtyards. You’ll spend two nights here, soaking up the sleepy vibe and taking in the sights of the ancient town.

Arrival in Pingyao

Once you’re settled, you can take a walk through the small cobbled lanes of Pingyao. You’ll see temples, gates, gardens and tea houses are all decorated with red lanterns that sway in the breeze. If you’re keen to see a lot during your stay we recommend purchasing an ancient city ticket in the centre of town to gain access to several museums as well as the ancient city wall.

Temple Tour & Qiao Family Compound

The following morning after breakfast your driver and guide will whisk you away through the Shanxi countryside. You’ll begin your morning soaking in the peaceful atmosphere of the Zhenghuo Temple before exploring the maze of courtyards in the Qiao family compound, a fantastic example of Chinese culture and architecture. You’ll be back in time for lunch with a free afternoon to explore.

Temple Tour & Qiao Family Compound

Departure from Pingyao

At the end of your stay in Pingyao you will be transferred back to the train station to continue your journey through China.

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"I was lucky enough to travel across China for two months and the more I explored, the more I loved; from its ancient towns to its futuristic cities. My top highlight has to be the mountainous scenery of Yunnan."

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