Pingyao Private Tour: Pingyao Ancient City and Traditional Art of Paper Cutting Class

Amble the lanes of Pingyao, a time-warped city like the historic China you’d imagine and as portrayed in films and literature

Discover the perfectly preserved city of Pingyao with this private walking tour including the highlights of the city explained by a friendly and professional guide, and a traditional paper-cutting class to complete a wonderful China-culture experience.

Meet your guide at the North Gate of Pingyao Ancient City’s Wall (北口 in Chinese). Your guide will be waiting for you at the ticket office to start this private walking tour of the city. The ancient Town of Pingyao is a well-preserved historic town built during the Western Zhou Dynasty (B.C.1100-771B.C.) that has remained with almost the same appearance as it had during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

During this tour of Pingyao, your guide will show you some of the most interesting highlights of the city, including the City Wall, the Ming-Qing street, the Rishengchang Exchange Shop and the Ancient Government Office. Your guide’s schedule is pretty flexible so you can visit the different attractions in the order you want.

First you will visit the Ancient City Wall, one of the most impressive in China, to see the roofs and locate the buildings from the distance with the help of your guide. Then you will walk towards the Ming-Qing street, which has been the busiest commercial block of the city for hundreds of years. This street gathers around 80 antique stores, including exchange shops, pawnshops, security guard companies, and other handicraft workshops.

Then you will enjoy a traditional Chinese cuisine lunch in a local restaurant before heading to the Chinese paper-cutting class, a unique and old art in China. A professional handicraftsman will teach you how to use scissors to cut pictures patterns in paper, which are later pasted on the walls, windows, or lanterns to express the feelings of joy and the perceptions in life.

After this activity, you will continue your tour in Pingyao visiting the 200-year-old Rishengchang Exchange Shop, that was the first 'bank' in China's history. Finally, you will explore the Ancient Government Office, that was the solemn law court and prison, where you will see some prisoners' uniforms and rusty ancient torture equipment.

Around 4:00 pm, the tour will finish, and you can continue exploring the city on your own.


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7 Hours
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Operating Hours

Tour Starts at 09:00am, Ends at 04:00pm

What You Get


  • Professional & friendly English-speaking tour guide
  • Main entrance tickets to the tour sites as per the itinerary
  • Traditional Chinese cuisine lunch
  • Traditional paper cutting lesson


  • Hotel or train pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Information 

  • Meet your guide at the North Gate of Pingyao Ancient City’s Wall (北口 in Chinese)
  • This is a private tour. Only your group will participate
  • Recommended to dress in comfortable shoes
How To Use
  • Present either a printed or mobile voucher to the guide to verify 
  • This tour is valid on the date and time specified 

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

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  • Tours/Experiences subject to cancellation without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances, and (or) when there is an official request from the authorities
  • Refunds will be given to customers under these circumstances:
    • No refunds will be entertained for cancellation made 6 days or less prior the departure date
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Amendment Policy:

  • All amendments are subject to availability
  • Additional charges may apply for amendments

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