Pingyao Travel Blog› entry 12 of 20 › view all entries
Pingyao is a pretty little walled town, with plenty of narrow streets complete with wooden-fronted houses. It's quite touristy: lots of shops selling "antiques" and the usual Chinese souvenirs. There are some nice things to be had as well; I picked up a few extra presents for family back home.
We went to the night market in Pingyao, where we had some interesting things to eat. We'd been very disappointed by the night market in Beijing; it seemed completely geared-up for the tourists, and not at all authentic. The one in Pingyao seemed a lot more real, and we bought a few things to eat: some lovely barbecued courgettes, a chicken-neck on a stick (we didn't realise what it was until we bit into it!) and a bowl of noodles which came with lashings of hot chilli and assorted offal (again, we didn't look closely enough when we ordered it). All very cheap though.
We spent an afternoon sitting in a bar drinking beer - one of the few times during our year that we consumed a lot of beer in one go. We found that, particularly in Asia, it really pushes up the cost of travelling; you can easily double the cost of a day, including accommodation and food, if you just have a couple of beers.