If you’ve ever seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, then you can imagine what it is like to walk around the ancient walled city of Pingyao. When we were there the air was cold, the sky was dark and the streets were filled with domestic tourists. Somehow, every time we walked into another small temple or old house the noise and the riff-raff just faded away and left us with beautiful pieces of history like this this small Pagoda.
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IF YOU GO: There will be tour guides everywhere and you will be in more photos on other peoples’ cameras (the domestic tourists are very interested in foreigners) than on your own camera. Find yourself a nice place to stay, order some green tea, and relax as village life passes you by. If you get bored, there are some caves to visit nearby. From Pingyao it is best to go north to visit Datong or south to visit Xi’an.