Pingyao Travel Guide

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    Former Residence of Lei Lutai

    by Waxbag Written Jul 5, 2007

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    This residence belonged to one of Pingyao's more influential banking families. There is a complex of rooms that give the visitor a good look at the architecture of the period.
    Open 8am to 6:30pm
    Y120 part of the Pingyao Museum flat fee.

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    • Architecture
    • Arts and Culture
    • Museum Visits

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    The Pingyao Town Bell Tower 3 more images

    by Waxbag Updated Jul 5, 2007

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    The Town Bell Tower is lovely structure that dominates the Nan Dajie street in the central part of the old town. It’s open for tourist and at a humble height of 18.5m the visitor gets great views of the grey tiled town. Try to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon for good light.

    It’s open from 9am to 5pm.
    It's apart of the Y120 ticket for the Pingyao museums, the guard will punch your ticket.

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    • Architecture
    • Museum Visits
    • Castles and Palaces

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    The Rishengchang Financial House

    by Waxbag Updated Jul 5, 2007

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    The Rishengchang Financial House is the first bank in China, if not the world. It started as a small dye shop until the owner introduced a system of checks and deposits for its other branches. Eventually, other businesses, individuals, and even the government of China used the bank and its 57 branches around China. The Japanese invasion of China in the 1930’s and the advent of Western banking systems ended Pingyao’s prosperity and isolated it from the modernization other towns received leaving the ancient town untouched from the ugliness that plagues the majority of China’s ancient cities turned modern overnight.

    The museum has over 100 rooms including living quarters, kitchen, offices, stable house, gardens etc. These people were wealthy.
    Open 8am to 7pm

    This museum is part of the Y120 flat fee charged for most of the Pingyao musuems.

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    • Museum Visits
    • Architecture

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Pingyao Transportation

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    Hard sleepers on a train in China

    by Waxbag Written Jul 3, 2007

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    It's not hard to get to Pinyao, but leaving can be a problem. Aparently, there is a some difficulty in getting train tickets out of Pingyao because the ticket mongers have sewn up the market on tickets and one cannot buy them in the Pingyao train office. You can take a bus, to Xi'an, for instance but they are expensive and you obviously can't take a hard or soft sleeper. It's so nice to sleep on an overnight train. So you have to go through your guesthouse who will also charge a commision over the ticket mongers commision. They have to call ahead and buy the ticket. They will give you a receipt for the ticket, but the conductor on the train might not like this and say you don't have a ticket. The system is suppose to work but it has holes. You have to trust that you will have a bed without having the actual ticket in hand. Oh well, it's apart of the adventure. We did fine with it after some gesturing and shoulder shrugging.

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    • Trains
    • Budget Travel

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