Pingyao is as good as advertised. The houses are beautiful, the people friendly and the shopping great.
Our second day started with a quick breakfast and then more exploration of courtyard houses. So many, it is easy to get confused which one was which one. These houses reinforced our opinion that the courts are small and when the Chinese need to expand they did so by building additional courtsyards around the original. Most of the Pingyao courtyard houses were small with no more than two or three courts each. Most had a single courtyard.
I think this might have been a Shoe Store
This is a typical Pingyao Small Courtyard House Design
Caligraphy done for you on the spot
A nice Treasure Chest
Interesting Wheel Cart near the entrance to another courtyard
A family Buddha
Taking a Courtyard break
I might be just taking pictures, but I also needed a break
Follow me into this landscaped courtyard
A very impressive landscaped courtyard
A rickshaw Cart for weddings and other transportation
She figures we are about here
A cool (as in temperature_ Cave Temple
Another nice all purpose Cart
A very ancient Pedistal
Was there a Chinese Robin Hood?TGT
Aiming a bit too much, don't you think?
Stone Stairs heading to the library
Treasure Chest Cart ready to roll
A Ming Dynasty Cup
A Ming Dynasty Door
The dreaded Blue Window among the grayish bricks
A very Old House not yet renovated
Another Local Temple
A Temple Inside another Local Temple
Another temple inside a cool Cave
Ancient Wooden Buddha
YACC - Yet Another Cool CaveTemple
A Small Courtyard Display - this was about number 45 or so
Nice Family Shrine
Loved the Shadows and light in this photo
Another Cave done in red
Bats are not bad in China. They are Good Luck as we found out later in our stay in China.
The Bat Sign
Bat Sign from a distance
Now this is an Impressive entrance
There are Old Doorways just about everywhere
A Stone Entrance is still just an entrance
This was the most Elegant Entrance to a courtyard we saw
Another courtyard Entrance. There were too many to count
Putting an urn in front to be different. Maybe.
The Dao Sign
A Ming Dynasty Store Front
One of the Watch Towers on the Ming Wall
The Pingyao Wall
Our Ming Dynasty era Courtyard Hotel
We spent about ten hours or so meandering through the allies and streets of this really great city. Saw more courtyard houses than I care to remember. I did make some sketches and have a pretty good feel for how this architectural design was built. We also did a little shopping, picking up a few gifts along the way. Overall, this was a highlight of our trip up until now. We loved Pingyao very much.