Siping Village (寺平村 Sìpíng Cūn) is located approx. 30 km west of Jinhua City Centre, Zhejiang Province.
The village has a substantial core of old, traditional buildings, constructed of stone and/or wood, surrounded by houses built more recently.
The village contains some large stone buildings, several of which are decorated with high-quality stone carvings. In the larger wooden buildings, fine wood carving can also be seen.
Some traditional crafts are still practised in the village.
Siping Village has already been developed to some extent for tourism. Entry tickets are required for the larger halls. A restaurant just outside the old village caters for visitors.
There are some other attractions near the village, including a tea plantation, Jiufeng Hot Springs and Jiufeng Mountain Scenic Area.
Siping can be reached by bus from Jinhua City. Take the 502 bus from Jinhua South Bus Station (every 15 minutes, from 6:00 to 18:30 distance 30 km). Alight at the final stop, Tangxi Zhen (汤溪镇 Tāngxī Zhèn). In Tangxi, buses to Siping Village leave from Ximentou (西门头 Xīméntóu). The 610, 611, 612 and 613 buses all pass through Siping (distance about 5 km). Trip information based on local bus timetables.
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