Beijing and Pingyao Visit 2019

We just had a wonderful trip to Beijing and for the first time had a chance to do some side trips to Pingyao.  Was fun to take the bullet-train in china for the first time, it’s about 3.5 hrs to Pingyao from Beijing West Train Station.  The little town is beyond charming and surrounded by a centuries old wall and towers.  We saw no western tourists at all (winter season likely had something to do with it) and stayed in a delightful boutique hotel called Jing’s Residence.  The hotel is right in the midst of the old town, with delightful set meals and comfy beds.  A bit on the pricey side for the town, but *well* worth it.  Highly recommend Pingyao as a Beijing side-trip, as others had recommended to me!

By the way, we hired a private car and driver in Beijing and absolutely loved this service. Eric runs a very good operation, our driver was super awesome, punctual, drove very safe, was in easy contact over WeChat to find and organize drops/pick-ups.  Will be recommending to all my friends that visit Beijing.

Here’s some shots from Pingyao:

Ok this is the discovery of the trip, a local specialty called Kau Lao Lao, a oat-based pasta arranged in a honeycomb pattern, with toppings of various kinds (pictured with lamb and a tomato broth of sorts, which tasted of lamb-raggu but didn’t look like it).  This was the best new food i’ve had in maybe a decade!  Where have you been all my life, Kau Lao Lao?

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Standing on the west-gate above the bustling streets below:

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Walking around the perimeter of the wall, probably a good 3+ mile circumference although some construction kept us from looping the entire city.

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Near the center of town amongst the bustle.

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