We will visit all the main attractions in the old town, and the guide will explain all details and stories behind them which history enthusiasts can't miss it. Your exploration of the Pingyao Ancient Town begins at the Ancient City Wall. The walls surrounding Pingyao were first built in 827 BC for preventing the enemies in Eastern Mongolia, the Tatars, from invading.
Full-view of the City Wall
Watchtower of the City Wall
An exquisite structure with an intensive style of design and construction shows the wisdom of ancient laborers. The city walls are an indispensable part of Pingyao Ancient City's heritage.
On the Wall
Then, get down from the wall and have a stroll on the traditional Ming-Qing Street. We come to Rishengchang Former Bank. It's the earliest bank in China which was established in 1823. Rishengchang literally means ‘Sunrise Prosperity’and it was the forerunner for organizing China’s early financial system and handling financial business, including remittances, money exchange, deposits, and loans.
Market Tower and Ming-Qing Street
In the bank
The vault of Bank
Next, we go to the Ancient Government office. It's the largest (Covers approximately 26,000 square meters) and best-preserved existing ancient county government office in China. You can learn the bureaucratic culture of Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1912) from its architecture, plaques, and couplets.
The Ancient Government office
Good to Know:
- If you are interested in other spots, you can also tell your private guide to coordinate arrangements for you.
- It may be crowded during the high season, so please take care of your belongings.