Zhangbi Castle, Shuanglin Temple and Wang Compound Day Tour

Zhangbi Castle, Shuanglin Temple and Wang Compound Day Tour

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Stop At: Pingyao County, Pingyao County, Shanxi

Wang Family Compound is located in Jingsheng Town, Lingshi County, 35 kilometers (about 22 miles) from Pingyao Ancient City and 140 kilometers (about 87 miles) from Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province. It is a luxurious residence built during 1762-1811 by the descendants of the Wang Family, one of the Four Families of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in Shanxi Province.

Wang Family Compound occupies a total area of 150,000 square meters (about 179,399 square yards), 45,000 square meters (about 53,820 square yards) of which has been declared as a provincial protective cultural relic. It is not only an example of residential architecture, but also a museum of architectural art. Its sculptures of stone, wood and brick can be found everywhere in the courtyard. The crafts are refined and exquisite. Today, the architectural groups open for viewing are Gaojia Ya, Hongmen Bao, Chongning Bao, etc. Altogether there are 231 courtyards and 2,078 houses.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Zhangbi Ancient Castle, Zhangbi Village, Longfeng Country, Jiexiu 032000 China

With the ancient city wall and castle overground and the "myriametre Great Wall" underground, the Zhangbi Ancient Castle is a well-preserved pocket castle combining military, inhabitancy, production and religion; it is a village hailed as a profound history with multi-ethnic cultures and inhabitants of dozens of family surnames. The ancient castle boasts a good deal of cultural relics and historic sites of great values for both academic research and tourism, such as the Archeological Area of Xia (2070-1600B.C.) and Shang (1600-1046B.C.) Dynasties, the Ancient Tunnel of Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) Dynasties, the Ancient Tombs of Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), the Ancient Stage of Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and ancient dwellings of Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, especially, the rare Ancient Tunnel of Sui and Tang Dynasties, the Ancestral Temple of Liu Zhouwu, and the Colored Glaze Tablets can be only found in Zhangbi.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Shuanglin Temple, Qiaotou Village, Zhongdu Country, Pingyao County 031100 China

Enjoy lunch in the local restaurant, then spend time to explore the UNESCO site of Shuanglin Temple. Shuanglin Temple is reputed to be the 'ancient painted sculptures museum'. It houses more than 2,000 colorful sculptures reflecting the exquisite skills of the artisans of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Stroll around the halls and courtyards with your tour guide, admire the 1,400 years paintings and sculptures. Get to know the history, stories behind and learn the history about the Buddhism in China.

Duration: 1 hour

What's included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private english or french tour guide(optional)
  • Attraction entrance tickets
  • Local Style Lunch
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Zhangbi Ancient Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Shuanglin Temple

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Dinner

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