The Pingyao town houses are the best-preserved town houses in China
One of the great delights of Pingyao is that so many of the town houses have been preserved and many of them have been converted into guest houses.
There are few recognisable hotels in the western style within the town itself, but instead most visitors take great pleasure in staying in one of the converted guest houses, and discovering how a typical Chinese upper-class house really worked: though the guest houses have for the most part been cunningly adapted to accommodate the needs of western, or should one say the international visitor.
There was no verandah or corridor as a Roman villa: the rooms mainly faced out on to the central courtyard.
In our room, the bed consisted of a niche in the side wall at waist height, so one had to climb up to get into one’s bed. However to one side a small washroom had been cunningly inserted with all the modern facilities: even though the shower was simply inserted on one wall, it worked well.
On to the Banks of Pingyao
5th December 2014