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As one of the few towns in China comprising virtually only traditional eighteenth- and nineteenth-century buildings, Pingyao is certainly worth a visit. Though many people only stop off here for the day in transit between Taiyuan and Xi'an, the town's charismatic hotels – set in old courtyard mansions, with wooden window screens, traditional furniture and beds raised up on platforms – plus a couple of very fine rural temples and some impressive fortified clan villages in the area, all call out for a longer stay. Pingyao reached its zenith in the Ming dynasty, when it was a prosperous …
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Ancient City of Ping Yao

Ping Yao is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese city, founded in the 14th century. Its urban fabric shows the evolution of architectural styles and town ...