"Places you should not miss while in Pingyao" Pingyao Things to Do Tip by earthworm88

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  Incense sticks burning aplenty from worshippers
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  • Incense sticks burning aplenty from worshippers - Pingyao
      Incense sticks burning aplenty from worshippers
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      Entrance into inner areas
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  • Theater stage - Pingyao
      Theater stage
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The museum ticket you buy for 120Y will allow you to visit many places inside the walled city. Unfortunately most of the museums start to look the same after a while. They generally have English introduction at the entrance regarding that specific building, but the rest are all in Chinese. You may want to rent an audio guide which you can obtain at the ticket counter. However there are few places you should go.

One of the them is called Cheng Huang Miao (City God Temple) which is located in the southwest corner of the city. This temple is on the same street as the Court House but it's on the other side (west side) of the street. If you are coming out of the Court House, walk west and past the Nan Dajie (South Big Street), and it is on your left side. It is quite large, so you can't miss it. This is one of the temples worth visiting.

This temple was built during Ming and Qing dynasty but some area had be restored recently. In 1859, most buildings were burnt into asses due to a huge fire, but it was rebuilt in 1864. This temple was considered one of the more well preserved temples in the nation. It actually consists of three temples and occupies 7302 square meter.

Within it was the Cai Shen Miao which is quite popular with the Chinese tourists. Cai Shen means God of Wealth. People come to worship the God of Wealth in hope of becoming wealthy. There are quite a few people working there who can guide you on how to perform the ceremonies, of course there is a fee for these services.

Address: On Cheng Huang Miao Steet
Directions: If you come in through the south gate going north, it is the first wide street on the right. I think it may also be called the government street.

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  • Written Oct 14, 2008
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