Jing’s Residence in Pingyao, China

January 20, 2012 by

Jing’s Residence at Pingyao welcomes guests to take a step back into ancient China.

The early walled city of Pingyao, positioned 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.

Over the centuries, Pingyao flourished into the most significant trading and financial center in China where the country’s earliest commercial banks were established. These institutions were the first in China to issue checks and had branches in many countries from Singapore in the South to Russia in the North reflecting the unquestionable premier trading and financial status of Pingyao at the time.

The two main streets in the center of the old town are lined with many souvenir shops that attract many visitors. Local handicrafts, Chinese memorabilia, clothing, books and antiques, both old and not so old, are among the many items on sale.

Snuggled between dusty curio shops and lively restaurants in the old walled city of Pingyao is the 19-room Jing’s Residence, a tiny boutique hotel that is found in a beautifully refurbished old mansion. The design of the hotel fits in melodiously with the conventional surroundings of this ancient city.

The Residence is perfectly positioned in the heart of the old town and includes a series of grey-brick pavilions built around a set of four courtyards in the genuine architectural style of northern China. Tables and chairs are located outside each pavilion where guests can relax while reading, drinking tea, or soaking up the historical environment.

In addition to the well-appointed accommodations, the Residence also features a dining room where guests can enjoy a widespread menu of international and local favorites. The Residence also provides a fashionable meeting space, a comfortable library and a bar that make it the perfect home-away-from-home for discerning travelers.

Inconspicuous landscaping features bamboo, a water element, white stones from northern China and traditional brick-paved walkways that connect the assorted courtyards. The striking lighting at night enhances the courtyard’s almost blatant sense of time and history.

Jing’s Residence is a member of Relais & Châteaux, an elite collection of the premium hotels and most fashionable restaurants around the world.

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