Xi'an/Pingyao/Xi'an - Wang Family Compound and Pingyao Old Town
Depart Xi’an for a private day tour to Pingyao, one of the best-preserved ancient towns in China. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Wang Family Compound for a visit. The Wang's Compound is a luxurious residence built during 1762-1811 by the Wang Family. It is not only an example of residential architecture, but also a museum of architectural art. In the courtyard, one can see sculptures of stone, wood and brick everywhere. The Painting and Calligraphy Hall displays hundreds of excellent works while Treasure Hall contains collections of furnishings, old coins, porcelains, rare stones and jade carvings.
This afternoon, you will visit the Pingyao Old Town. The town boasts narrow lanes with traditional courtyard homes, temples and the old city wall. Founded during the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046 – 771 BC) and rebuilt in 1370, the Pingyao Ancient City is one of China's four best preserved old cities and was inscribed as a world cultural heritage in 1997. Visit the Ancient Government Office to the west of the Ancient Ming-Qing Street. Explore the nearly 200-year-old Rishengchang Exchange Museum, the first 'bank' in China's history. With more than 30 branches throughout the country. Later you will have a break and enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional local food. Then proceed to visit the Confucius Temple to learn the development and procedure of the old examination, wander in the City God Temple to see exquisite pavilions and towers, and explore one of the best-preserved ancient walls in China - the turtle-like Ancient City Wall. After the tour, you will be transferred to the train station for a bullet train back to Xi’an. To conclude the trip, your guide will escort you back to your hotel and bid farewell.