Pingyao, one of the famous four ancient cities in China, is endowed with a lot of places of historical interest. With quite a long history, Pingyao is home to many amazing historical sites and Pingyao's local cuisine is renowned for its diverse style and delicious taste. Pingyao attracts every visitor according to its special lingering charms of an ancient city.
The Ancient City of Pingyao was the territory of Emperor Yao and it was first built during the period of Emperor Xuan. About in 1370, in order to protect the ancient city from invading by enemies, the tall Ancient City Wall was set up. The ancient wall is 6.4 kilometers long and 12 meters tall, and it was repaired in Ming dynasty and in Qing dynasty basing on the former shape. Above the City Wall, there is an inscription of “The Ancient City of Pingyao” which is written by China's former president, Jiang Zemin. The inscription always attracts people to take photos with. Seeing the sunset in the Grand City Wall is enjoyable, too.
The ancient city of Pingyao still maintains the original appearance. Because of the set up of Pingyao town, the first original bank Ri Shengchang Bank was set up, too. The appearance of Ri Shengchang Bank marks that people needn’t use Biaoju (the ancient security company to protect the treasure in the business road) anymore. It plays a significant role in the financial history of China because it marks the new financial industry’s formation and development.
The Ming and Qing Street is another attractive sight. Walking in this street, you may feel that time stops. So far, the walls, streets, stores, residential areas and temples of Pingyao town remain good. The architectural pattern and style characteristics change a little. So they are live specimens for Chinese people to research politics, economics, culture, military, and art and so on in ancient time. Now, the ancient city of Pingyao has convenient traffic condition and sound service items. The department stores, restaurants, entertainments are here and there.
The Qiao Family’s Mansion is an indispensable sight in your trip to Pingyao. It is an ancient quadrangle that a famous merchant Qiao Zhiyong lived. It has a traditional architectural style of Ming and Qing dynasties. This famous house proved the ups and downs of China at that time. The famous movie” Raise the Red Lanterns” is filmed here.
It is worth mentioning that Pingyao beef is fantastic. It is famous for its delicious taste all around the world. Also, the flour-made dishes are delicious and diverse. The long yam is another treasure because it is good for people’s health.
There are many other scenic spots in Pingyao, such as the Family Wang’s Residence, the Wooden City Tower, and the Shuanglin Temple, etc. In 1997, the ancient city of Pingyao was enrolled in the World Heritage List by UNESCO. Going on a trip to Pingyao can help people to understand Chinese culture, economics, society, and religion.
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