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Pingyao Ancient City

View of Pingyao Ancient CityPingyao Ancient City is located in the middle of Shanxi Province, within the prefecture of Jinzhong City. It has a long history of over 2,700 years. A saying goes that the past prosperity of Shanxi lies in Pingyao while the soul of Pingyao lies in its Old City. There is no green mountain or clear waters. What is unique here is this well-preserved ancient city such as the city wall, temples, streets, shops and local houses remain in almost the same condition as their original appearance. And even the government office all in the style of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911).

In 1997, when it was declared a World Cultural Heritage site for its Old City, Pingyao Ancient City gradually opened up to the outside world and more and more people have come to have a look at this old city representing the prosperous past of Shanxi during the Ming and Qing eras. Surrounded by the turtle-like ancient City Wall of Pingyao, Pingyao Old City is like a huge historical museum. Every street or building here has numerous stories to tell about the past one-thousand years.

In the center of Pingyao Ancient City, the nearly 200 years old Rishengchang Exchange Shop is the first 'bank' in Chinese history and is known as the 'Father of the Bank in China'. It tells of the prosperity of the Jin Businessmen in Chinese history. The well-preserved County Government Office on Zhengfu Street (also Yamen Street) shows a complete picture of the solemn law court and prison of the Qing Dynasty while in Chenghuangmiao Street, the Temple of the City God and the Confucius Temple reveal a glimpse of local folk life. Along Ancient Ming-Qing Street, the old buildings in antique architecture styles may bring you back to the old China of that time.

 

Pingyao Ancient City Tour

It is a wonderful destination to recall the distinctive aroma of ancient China. With the high fame around the world, every year a lot of foreign tourists have a tour to Pingyao Ancient City during their China trip.

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