Published: September 8th 2010August 25th 2010
Harmony Guest House
We followed the advice of the Lonely Planet Travel Guide and fully agreed that this friendly, economical place was the best hotel in town!
We took the night train from Beijing, and after 14 hours arrived in Pingyao. I won't write too much about this beautiful walled city - I'll let the photos speak for themselves.
I loved wandering the cobbled streets, peeking into doorways, admiring the handicraft of the local shoemakers, tasting the street food of the area. The ancient buildings were mostly greyish-brown, but the fruit and vegatable market in the street and the brightly colored fabrics in the clothing shops seemed dazzling against the drab backdrop.
People were very friendly and helpful, whether they spoke English or not! We loved our guest house - it was actually fun to be among fellow travellers from all over the world after having spend our first two weeks as the only foreigners in sight!
All in all, Pingyao was a pleasant change of pace after the bustle of Beijing. From here we took another night train to Xi'An - home of the Terra Cotta Warriors. That will be my last China blog entry -- really truly -- so stay tuned for the
Our Traditional Bed
A seven foot wide stone bed that can be heated from below is topped with a thin foam mattress. We slept comfortably on this huge bed.
grand finale. Enjoy Pingyao thru the lens of my camera.
There are more photos below