At a Glance
Made famous by Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s film 'Raise the Red Lantern', Pingyao is one of China’s last remaining ancient walled cities
Jing’s Residence combines creature comforts with the simple elegance of traditional Chinese architecture
The Dining room at Jing's dishes up delicious international and regional cuisine
Try your hand at noodle making - an artisan craft here in Pingyao
Only a 1-hour flight from Beijing
Best time to Visit
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The Central-eastern regions of Henan, Shanxi and Shandong experience four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid, with the majority of the year’s rain falling between June and August. July is the hottest month of the year, with temperatures peaking at around 40°C. Winters are cold, dropping as low as -20°C in January. Spring is short and warm, but sandstorms from Mongolia often sweep through the region at this time of year. The best months to visit the Central-eastern regions are September through to November, whilst the days are long and sunny and temperatures average 17°C.
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Located in the former courtyard mansion of a silk merchant from the Qing dynasty, Jing’s Residence is built in the authentic architectural style of northern China, nestled amongst dusty curio shops and bustling restaurants in the old city of Pingyao.
Part of the Relaix and Châteaux collection, Jing's Residence is a small boutique hotel located in a stunning, renovated old mansion blending in harmoniously with the traditional walled city of Pingyao, just a short flight from Beijing.
The Residence is ideally located in the heart of the old town and encompasses a series of grey-brick pavilions built around a set of four courtyards. Tables and chairs are located outside each pavilion where guests can relax while reading, drinking tea, or soaking up the historical atmosphere.
In addition to the luxurious accommodation, the Residence also features a dining room where guests can enjoy an extensive menu of international and local favourites. The Residence provides a cosy library and a bar that make it the perfect home-away-from-home for discerning travellers.
Unobtrusive landscaping features bamboo, a water element, white stones from northern China and traditional brick-paved walkways that connect the various courtyards. The dramatic lighting at night enhances the courtyard's almost palpable sense of time and history.
The ancient walled city of Pingyao, located in Shanxi Province, was established some 2,700 years ago. It hosts some of the best-preserved traditional architecture in China and mostly stands as it was during its heydays in the late Ming and Qing dynasties. It has been listed since 1997 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Each of the rooms and suites at Jing's are individually designed with Pingyao's history and heritage in mind. Rooms range from Courtyard Rooms and Suites through to the majestic Master Suite for the ultimate indulgence.
The Courtyard Rooms come in a range of sizes to suit all your needs for an unforgettable stay, drift off to sleep after a day of exploration in rooms that were once home to Chinese aristocrats, and powerful merchants.
There are 5 Courtyard Suites at Jing’s, each has its own character and identity, but all offer the same level of comfort and amenities and striking design, that complement the ancient structures built around tranquil courtyards.
Only one Jing’s Mater Suite is an 80sqm tour de force of opulence, space and serenity that radiates a feeling of nostalgia, this suite has a hand made bath at its centre, there are separate power and monsoon showers, WC and wash basin areas. The sitting area is a place to relax, read, chat and remember your day amongst the curio shops and ancient alleyways of PingYao.
Children are welcome at Jing's Residence, with baby sitting and a special children's menu available for younger guests.
A wide range of in-residence guest activities can be tailor made just for your stay, such as paper cutting, shoe making, noodle making classes, massage lessons, and a private tour to discover the history of Ping Yao with a professor from Ping Yao University).
The Spa at Jing’s Residence offers a stunning complement of therapeutic and rejuvenating face and body care treatments, using only the best products with the finest ingredients, from Thailand. If you are looking for pure indulgence and total relaxation, we at Jing’s Residence can provide you with a haven where you will find the most incredible and unique sensations, where the mind, body and spirit converge to form an unforgettable and deeply pleasurable experience.
Jing's Residence has one main restaurant which is beautifully designed with large floor to ceiling windows and specialises in showcasing the Shanxi region's unique cuisine with noodles playing a large and important role.
Alongside the restaurant there is a beautiful library and lounge space in which to enjoy tea or spend time learning the sacred art of calligraphy or paper cutting.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
Pingyao is such a charming little town with a lovely and easily navigable streets and Jings Residence fits so perfectly into the whole atmosphere of the place. As the name suggests it is the converted house of a former residence and as soon as I walked in the door I felt immediately welcome. The ancient timber walls and high ceilings are so atmospheric and the scent of incense hangs in the air. The rooms themselves are laid out around an internal courtyard and are in contrast quite contemporary which works really well. There is an excellent restaurant on site, the best in Pingyao and the breakfasts are fantastic looking out of the floor to ceiling glass windows onto the buzzy street outside as the town goes about its daily business.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
The boutique Jings Residence is the smartest hotel in Pingyao and fits perfectly into this beautifully preserved town. Yes, the area has grown into a tourist destination but I don't feel that it takes away from its beauty or charm. In comparison to the cities of Beijing and Shanghai you can easily stroll around the city stopping in at local shops selling antiques and small hidden away restaurants which serve some of the best food that I tasted on the whole trip. Jings Residence itself encapsulates the feeling of the town with a completely individual and boutique style with stunning design.
Victoria Hogg (Staff)
Pingyao was a welcome surprise, where I experienced 'ancient China' and Jing's Residence is the best place to stay within the city wall. With only 16 rooms, all set around 4 traditional courtyards, this is a boutique retreat with a really intimate feel. The staff couldn't have been lovelier, and Martin, who is the operations manager, will go out of his way to make sure you have a faultless stay. The rooms are all different, but all boast crisp white linens, stylish interiors, and top of the range bathroom facilities not to mention a complimentary mini bar, which is a nice touch. The food was top notch and remarkably some of the best I had tasted in China. I felt like I was sitting in a little cafe in France - delicious! To experience such a unique little bolthole in such a location, is truly exceptional.
Active Mt Wutai
Aside from the rich heritage of Chinese Buddhism, Mt Wutai is also known for its hiking.
Chang's Family Mansion Tour
Make a visit to the Chang's Family Manor, which has one of the biggest courtyards in Shanxi that covers an area of 400 square kilometres.
Chinese Liquor Experience in Xinghua Village
Visit the Xinghua Village, the hometown of Fenjiu, a local liquor with a rich history dating back 4,000 years ago. Proceed to the Fenjiu workshop museum and end in a local brewery showcasing the wine liquor production in modern China.
Cultural and Historical Datong
Dive into the culture and history of Datong. Visit the Shanhua Monastery of the Tang Dynasty and take a guided walk on the Datong Ancient City wall, originally built in Ming Dynasty.
Day Trip to Yongji and the Yongle Palace
Visit the nearby city of Yonji. Visit the Pujiu Temple, the place where “The Romance of West Chamber” Chinese classical masterpiece was written. Stop by the Yongle Palace, among the earliest Taoist temples still existing today.
Explore Pingyao and its surrounds, visiting highlights including Ri Sheng Chang, the City Wall and the Shuanglin Temple.
Discovery Journey to Qikou Old Town
Discover the distinctive cultural ancient town of Qikou and explore the various attractions which showcase the traditional dwellings of the past.
Foguang & Nanchan Temples
Visit Foguang Temple and Nanchan Temple, the two less touristy temples for a masterpiece of architecture and exquisite Tang Dynasty sculptures.
Great Wall Exploration from Datong
Drive northward to the less-known Chang Cheng Village for a full-day guided hike while admiring the magnificent series of watch towers - a section of the Great Wall of Shanxi constructed from soil.
Guan Yu Temple Tour
Embark on a visit to Guan Yu Temple, one of the largest Guan Yu temples in China.
Hanging Monastery and the Wooden Pagoda
Visit the Hanging Monastery before visiting the Sakyamuni Wooden Pagoda.
Hike Mt. Mian
For the active travellers, you can enjoy a 4-hour hiking through temples, valleys, springs and forests into Mt. Mian, a renowned location of Buddhist and Taoist temples.
Enjoy a visit to Shanxi Museum, the largest museum in Shanxi before heading into Jin Ancestral temple, one of the earliest royal gardens in China. Indulge in some local food as you stroll along the Food Street of Taiyuan.
Hukou Waterfall & Jishan
Visit the Hukou Waterfall, the second largest waterfall in China and the only magnificent yellow waterfall in the world. Afterwards, proceed to Jingshan, a hidden country in west Shanxi and be awed by the beautiful murals in the Song Jin Grave.
Mt Wutai Full Day Tour
Spend the day exploring temples, monasteries and temples of Mount Wutai, including Xian Tong, Ta Yuan, Wu Ye, Pu Shou and Bodhisattva Top.
Old City of Xian and The Big Goose Pagoda
Enjoy historic Xian with your guide, learning about its city walls and visit the world famous Wild Goose Pagoda.
Seeing Pingyao Again - Evening Show
Enjoy an evening show of 'Seeing Pingyao Again', a live interactive theatre performance where the audience becomes part of the show.
Sunrise on Mt Wutai
Rise early to await for the first ray of sunlight over Mount Wutai whilst surrounded by a magnificent sea of clouds.
Yuncheng Heritage Discovery
Discover the hidden historical gems of Wan Rong county. Visit the lesser-visited Dong Yue Temple that includes the iconic 40-meter wooden Feng Yu Tower, before continuing to Hou Tu Temple to explore the splendid main building and the Qiu Feng Tower.
Yungang Grottoes and Datong Highlights
Visit the renowned Yungang Grottoes and admire the Buddhist cave art. Continue to Shanhua Monastery. Return to Datong and enjoy a tour of the highlights including the exquisite Huayan Temple and the renowned Nine Dragon Screen.
Zhangbi Castle and Wang's Family Mansion Exploration
Spend the day exploring the passageways of Zhangbi castle before visiting the luxurious Wang's Family Mansion.
Datong, Mt Wutai & Pingyao
from £2600 pp inc flights & transfers for 8 nights
- Uncover the roots of ancient religion in Datong, known for over 51,000 Buddhist relics within 252 caves!
- Admire the mountain temples of Wutai, acclaimed as one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains
- Travel back into the ancient life of China as you stroll across the quaint streets of Pingyao
Location & directions
Jing's Residence is in the heart of the fortified town of Ping Yao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Shanxi Province of central China. Located in the former courtyard mansion of a silk merchant from the Qing dynasty.
How to get there
A 1-hour flight from Beijing to Taiyuan (the capital of Shanxi Province) or a 3-hour train. Then transfer from Taiyuan to Pingyao takes around 90-minutes by car. After having reached the old town of Ping Yao, enter through the east gate. The hotel is next to the “Armed Escort Museum.“
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