During our stay in Pingyao, we lay in the Yide Hotel, a beautiful hotel located in the center of the walled city, in a house more than 275 years old.
Home It was built in 1736 by a rich merchant during the reign of Emperor Qianlong, and is in an alley near one of the main arteries of the city, Nan Dajie Street. To get there from the station we asked for a taxi, which cost us 20 yuan, and it was a good idea because finding the hotel can be complicated if the area is not known.
Seeing the facade at the bottom of the alley, I thought it would be a very shabby place, but I couldn't be more wrong. The house is made up of several courtyards surrounded by the different rooms and, although from the outside it has an ancient appearance, the interior is very careful.
We were assigned a standard room, which are the cheapest and simplest of the hotel. As soon as we entered, we were very interested in huge style bed Kang, the type of bed typical of the Qing and Ming period. The most curious thing about the bed is that it is on a platform made of bricks where a system of heating It is used in winter. Despite being an old house, the room had all the usual modern equipment in hotels, such as plasma television, air conditioning and wi-fi, which, combined with the traditional Chinese style of furniture, gave a very chic air. maybe the fairest part of the room is the bathroom, since the shower is between the toilet bowl and the itch of the hands, but formerly the Chinese houses had no bathroom in the rooms, so this was added later when the hotel was created and with the difficulties of space that entails such a change.