Pingyao at night should be appreciated just as you appreciate the city by day.
You can’t wholly appreciate a place until you see it at night time. There’s something mysterious about darkness that transforms the place and—even people. Darkness seems to bring out the best and worst of places and people. The lights flicker with vibrancy and unexplainable beauty that trigger the flesh and the naked eye to excitement.
Darkness, I believe, is made for us to see the other side of everything. No exceptions. Pingyao at night is a marvel. The colors burst into life and this city within a wall transforms itself like a huge movie studio of some blockbuster Hollywood movie of ancient China. But this is a village stranded in time.
And yes, a movie was shot here that made it to the Oscar! Remember, starring Gong Li?
Of all my travels in a number of Chinese cities, this is here where I felt the real China, the ones we saw in movies, especially kungfu movies. The first time I came here almost 5 years ago for a day trip, I fell in love with this place–that’s why I came back. This time, I’m staying for two nights.