One morning in Pingyao, one afternoon in Xi'an


We continue with the stories of Trip to china we did in summer 2012. In this story we will continue with the visit to the beautiful walled city of Pingyao to take a bus to Xi'an at noon. Do you want to know what to see and what to do in Pingyao? Do not miss the story!

That morning he had to get up early. It was a Saturday in August, a holiday period also in China and the little one was expected Pingyao historical center will collapse of Chinese tourist groups in the middle of the morning.

We had breakfast at our hotel and before eight in the morning we were already visiting the historic center of the city. At that time there were still no people on the cobbled streets and a somewhat mystical atmosphere was breathed. We wander between the low houses of bricks and gray roofs with the unique color of the red lanterns and the signs of the tourist shops, many shops.

Let's not fool ourselves, the Pingyao historical center It is a world heritage site and almost all the buildings near the main arteries of the city house hotels, restaurants or tourist shops. It is the price that one of the China's best preserved walled cities.

However, to which you move away from Nan Dajie (南 大街) Everything changes radically, since people still live within the walls of Pingyao. These families have been in the same houses for generations that still retain the traditional air of the Ming and Qing dynasty, and walking among them is like traveling back in time.

The city of Pingyao It was the financial center of the Qing dynasty and had as many as twenty banks within its walls. All this confluence of capital made it prosper quickly, with all kinds of businesses, including protection.

Good account of it we have in the Rishengchang Financial House Museum, building that housed the first bank of China (1823) and that can be visited with the tourist entrance.

Another of Pingyao's important buildings is the Confucius temple, where future imperial bureaucrats had to go to examine themselves. The interior of the Confucius temple houses the Dacheng Hall, the oldest building in the city (1163) and a must see.

The city walls They were built in 1370 during the reign of Emperor Hongwu. They have 72 watchtowers and in each of them you can read a fragment of the book The Art of War written in chinese. You can climb the wall and walk through it and see from there the silhouette of gray roofs that make up the entire city, as well as from the City tower, which is the highest point of Pingyao.

As the oracles predicted, at half past ten in the morning there was no longer anyone walking on the street. Everything was collapsed and, wherever you looked, there were only people and more people. So we went back to our hotel to do the check out And in the restaurant order a fried rice to go. The theme of take away It should not be common in that restaurant, because when we told them that we wanted fried rice to take away, they did not understand us well and it turned out that they also did not have disposable containers for that purpose, so we ended up taking the rice in transparent plastic bags.