If the walled city of Pingyao looks like a perfect ancient-China movie set, that's because it has provided the location for many an atmospheric film, from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" to "Raise the Red Lantern." This UNESCO World Heritage destination also serves as the backdrop for Jing's Residence, the former courtyard home of a wealthy Qing Dynasty silk merchant. With just nineteen rooms, this beautifully restored property is made up of pavilions arranged around charming courtyards. Throughout the interiors, authenticity abounds in details such as rice paper ceilings, carved wooden window frames and lacquer headboards. On-site dining experiences include chef-guided courtyard hot pot meals. As well, you can simply step outside to sample some of Shanxi Province's more than 250 varieties of noodles from neighboring shops. For a uniquely memorable stay, visit in the wintertime and book a suite overlooking the silent, snowy streets aglow with red lanterns at night.