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About Pingyao

Pingyao, located in the middle of Shanxi Province, is one of China's best-preserved ancient cities. At present, it is also one of the only ancient towns in China to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety. It is also here that China's financial center during the late Qing era was located. The majestic ancient walls of the city are thick and sturdy, and you can feel the culture of the Shanxi merchants all around as you slowly stroll on the cobbled streets with at least 200 years of history. Each of the many Ming- and Qing-era buildings you will see around you have survived for hundreds of years up to the present such as the "yamen" compound, or complex of county government offices, monasteries, temples, banks and armed escort depots. Aside from the ancient city itself, Pingyao and the two other ancient temples of Zhenguo and Shuanglin are definitely worth seeing.

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Pingyao Ancient City
7,982 Reviews
UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site
Historic Town
The Pingyao Ancient City is one of the most well-preserved ancient cities in China and a world cultural heritage site. It used to be China's financial center in the late Qing Dynasty. Now, the streets, shops, and houses in the ancient city still maintain its traditional layout and style. When you enter this once prosperous ancient city, you will be readily brought back to the period when Shanxi's merchant culture was at its peak. With regards to food, the beef of Pingyao is also well-renowned. Towards the end of the Qing Dynasty when Empress Dowager Cixi passed by the ancient city, she loved eatng Pingyao beef.
“Seeing Pingyao”
3,138 Reviews
When visiting the ancient city of Pingyao, make sure to watch the large-scale live performance "Seeing Pingyao” in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. “Seeing Pingyao” tells a story from ancient times. This work by famous Chinese director Wang Chaoge. Unlike other performances in this series, “Seeing Pingyao” takes place at an indoor theater, as the weather in northern China in the winter can be below freezing. Visitors can stay warm and enjoy the performance. "Seeing Pingyao" is very special interactive performance, as the audience is encouraged to freely take part in many of the scenes.
Rishengchang Former Bank
702 Reviews
Rishengchang Former Bank is located in the West Street in the ancient city of Pingyao. At that time, the operation network was almost all over China, and now the Rishengchang Former Bank has become the China Former Bank Museum. Here, some of the physical materials used in the operation were kept, showing the glorious history of the ancient Chinese banking industry. The Rishengchang Former Bank is a high-rise building. In order to prevent theft, there are wire nets on the sky and bells on the nets.
Pingyao Ancient City Wall
627 Reviews
Historical Architecture
Historical Site
A world relic with six gate towers, Pingyao Ancient City Wall is a stately and elegant architectural wonder. Famous for its skillfully crafted defense facilities, made of bricks, compacted earth and stones, the ancient wall was a vitally important part of the security for the cities of Fucheng and Pingyao. A popular destination for vacationing visitors, the beautifully preserved city wall area is now a national treasure, offering evidence of the sophisticated construction techniques of long ago. This is where you can experience the atmosphere of an ancient time with remnants of military structures, from turrets and lookout hideaways to iron cannon and equipment used as protective systems. Also known as Turtle City, symbolizing eternity, Pingyao city houses the thick wall, which looks like the image of a tortoise from an aerial view, with the South Gate resembling the tortoise's head. Taking a stroll on top of parts of the ancient wall, starting at the North Gate, takes you on a peaceful walk with nice views and a perspective of China back in time.

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Alex Bao   
The ancient city of Pingyao was not a world cultural heritage independently applied for. When applying, the black and white words are written as One City and Two Temples. It refers to Shuanglin Temple and Zhenguo Temple. They are famous. They are much smaller than Pingyao Ancient City, but on the historical value, the buildings of these two temples and Collections and so on are very rare in the history of Chinese civilization!
So go to the ancient city of Pingyao, you can go to the city on the first day, visit the two temples outside the city, and then enter the ancient city.
Shuanglin Temple is located in Qiaotou Village, southwest of Pingyao Ancient City. It is not too far away from Pingyao Ancient City. Its age of construction has not been verified. According to historical data, it may be in the early Northern Wei Dynasty, at least More than 1,500 years of history. It is famous overseas for its exquisite color plastics and is known as the treasure house of oriental color plastic art.
Zhenguo Temple was built in the fifth generation of the Northern Han Dynasty Tianhui, seven years ago, formerly known as the Jingcheng Temple, renamed Zhenguo Temple in the Jiajing period of the Ming Dynasty.
After visiting the second temple, it is necessary to see a city. Chinas first ticket number, Rishengchang, was established here. Rishengchang Ticket No. is a private financial institution specializing in the exchange and deposit and loan business of silver in the feudal society of China. The translation of this sentence is that Rishengchang was the bank at that time, and its establishment was also very dramatic. . Although the
collaborative ticket number is not as early as the rise of the day, it is the largest in Pingyao, and it is the only bank that has an underground vault to visit.
Pingyao County is one of the few remaining ancient counties in China. It is not seen from the entrance. It is only when you come in. The entire county covers an area of over 26,000 square meters. It takes at least one more hour for the baby to read it carefully.
In the southwest corner of the ancient city, there is a lacquered lacquer compound built in the late Ming and early Qing dynasties, which has a history of more than 400 years. It was originally called "Yu Zhai", the earliest was the ancestral home of Rishengchang, the founder of Rishengchang. Later, after several changes, he was now the home of the master of arts and crafts, Bao Baoguo, and was renamed Yu Qizhai.
Posted: Jun 14, 2019