Pingyao ancient town is stepping into its 28th centennial, though small in size, it is quite a big name as the best-preserved ancient town in China. Aged city walls
, gate tower, exchange shop which gave birth to China's modern bank/trade industry, Chinese security company, merchant's compound
and a variety of folk buildings are all yours here. If say Xian
belongs to a royal family, dignified and inviolable; then Pingyao is more from grassroots, lively and common touch, same history, different outcomes. Want to figure out how our great-great-great-grandfathers live, take a Pingyao tour
to get your answer.