Stay in a Chinese mansion like no otherPingyao, China
You may not have heard of this Chinese city, but we’re going to give you an excellent reason to add it to your itinerary. Sure, its Old Town is listed by UNESCO – it has some of the best preserved Ming and Qing architecture in the country – but you can pretend you’ve entered another era in this renovated mansion once owned by a silk merchant. The 19 rooms at Jing's Residence – all arranged around a courtyard – have a local air: bed heads are crafted from lacquer or silk, floors are made of bamboo and ceilings of rice paper, and beds are fashioned like traditional kangs, the heated, raised sleeping platforms of northern China. Take part in a hotpot meal in the courtyard, relax in the spa or spend some time wandering the streets of Pingyao and browsing in the curio shops.
Fly to Beijing and then it’s a quick one hour drive to Yaiyuan
- A courtyard hot pot dining experience
- A spa
- In-residence guest activities such as paper cutting, shoe making, noodle making classes and massage lessons
From US$220 a night
Rates include daily breakfast and complimentary daily afternoon tea