24 Feb 2011

Pingyao Ancient City Tours

Posted by ChinaAdvisor

The ancient city of Pingyao is an outstanding example of an ancient Ming and Qing Dynasty city. Despite the passage of time, this ancient Chinese city has survived intact, as it was 600 years ago. Pingyao is the only well preserved Ming and Qing Dynasty city in China. Of particular interest are the imposing buildings associated with banking. Pingyao was the major banking center for the whole of China in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Pingyao was first built in Xizhou dynasty, and it has a history of about 2700 years. It is a town that is completely constructed according to the traditional planning ideas and layout pattern of the Han people. In 1997, Pingyao was listed as a World Culture Heritage site by UNESCO.

The ancient town of Pingyao is made up of four main streets, eight narrow streets, and 72 alleys. It takes on the eight diagrams design of the tortoise shell and streets and alleys are interlaced in a perfect order. The elegant buildings are in succession and the dense enclosures echoes closely. The streets are not wide. With the disturbances of two hundred years, this ancient town has seen a lot, but its soul is always there. There are deep track marks on every threshold of the old shops. You can imagine how busy and heavy the traffic was. There used to be chariots and horses from every part of China. They carried money, risks, pride, and all the customs and dialects of China. They also helped to direct and carry out the national economy of the southern and northern parts of the imperial realm.

Of its many historical and cultural sights, the Pingyao City Wall is a must-see. The City Wall in Pingyao was first built in 827 B.C. In the early days of Ming Dynasty, in order to prevent the enemies from invading, all the cities in China began to build the City Wall to defend themselves. The City Wall in Pingyao was also built at that time. At the beginning period of the Qing Dynasty (1703), the emperor passed by Pingyao, so the people in Pingyao built especially for him four city gate towers, which made the Pingyao City Wall even more spectacular.

In addition to the ancient city of Pingyao, our tours will also take you outside the city to some of the sprawling mansion/estates used by the Chinese nobility and merchants during the Qing Dynasty. Known as a “civilian Forbidden City”, the Wang Family Compound and the Qiao Family Compound are two exquisite examples of the grand style of courtyard homes. Many famous Chinese movies and TV shows have been here, thanks to the rich historical flavor still pervading throughout the premises.

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