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Pingyao City Wall
Pingyao city wall was first built in Xizhou Xuanwang period(827-728B.C.),when warrior Yinjipu had it built with earth and mud to defend the city with enemies. It was expanded and rebuilt of stones and bricks in 1370 DC.
The city wall complete and well protected with the total length of 6.4km.The wall is 10 meters high and 5 meters wide withthe inside made of earth and outside of bricks. There are all together 72 towers and 3,000crenels.
Pingyao city wall is famous as “tortoise city” from the old times and is called “the First City in North China” by many scholars, It is now one of the state priority protection units for relics.

Government office
Pingyao county government office was first built in 1346DC.Except for a Yuan style building, most of it are rebuilt in Ming Dynasty. It is composed of archway, ceremonial gate, six divisions, the prison, the court, meeting room, residential area and garden. Incontrast with Chenghuang Temple, it responsible for governing “Yang” world meaning the human world, while Chenghuang Temple for go verning “Yin” world meaning the spiritual world, which showed the good will of the people. It is the miniatuere of the emperor palace at the basic level and is the important material for studying ancient political system and civil service system.

Rishengchang Draft Bank

Ri sheng Chang Draft Bank-the first draft bankin china, which hasnow become the china Museum of Draft Banks, It was once world-famous for“remitting money all over the country.”
Rishengchang Money Exchange Shop is suited at the south of the busiest section of the Xida Street in the city, covering an area of over 1700 square meters. The Money Exchange Shop has been rebuilt in 1995 and now it has been listed the China Museum of Money Exchange Shop. In addition, it collected, arranged and stored up a lot of historical information of other Money Exchange Shop in Pingyao and shanxi and other places in China and reflected the History of structure and development of the Money Exchange Shop.

The Town God'Temple
Temples of Town Gods and Future Gods, standing next to each other, located in the southeast of the town. There exist now morethan 100 house , most of them are well protected. All the buildings are the relics of Qing Dynasty, small and elegant. The rooftops, covered with refinement coloured glaze, are highly praised by visitors. The Coloured Glaze of the two temples gives priority to yellow, green and blue. The colour of the glaze looks uniform and right. This area would be a splendid spot in the city.

Zhengguo Temple
Zhenguo Temple is suited in the Haodong County which is 12 meters away from the southeast of Pingyao city. Its former name is Jingcheng Temple and changed the name later. It covers 10892 square meters and architecture area is about 5thousand square meters. It was recognized the provincial preserved target in 1965.

Shuanglin Temple
Shuanglin Temple is located at the Qiaotou County which is 6 meters away from the southwest of Pingyao city. Its original name was Zhongdu Temple and changed into Shuanglin Temple in Song dynasty. It was re built in the year of 571.
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City Building

The City Building is located at the South Street of the city which is also the centre part of the city. As there is a gold well nearby the building, it has another name of Gold Well Building. It is also the important historical relics in Shanxi Province.
The existing City Building belongs to Qing style which is a kind of wood construction with three floors and the roof is decorated by glazed tile, so it is elegant in molding and exquisite in decoration. The downstairs consisted of several valuable stone steles of Qing dynasty. The City Building stretches over the South Street, so you can overlook the signs of the whole city if you on the highest floor.

Confucius Temple
The Confucius Temple of Pingyao is a national relics protected unit. The main building, Dacheng Hall, was repaired in the 3rd year of the reign of Emperor Jindading (1163), 240 to 700 years before the ones in Beijing and Nanjing. There are 87 sculptures of Confucius and his disciples at the site, which is the largest number in any temple. It has a fine regular exhibition of the History of structure of the ancient Chinese Examination. The International Photography Museum of Pingyao in the compound has a collection by revolutionary photographers including Sha Fei , Wu Yinxian and others. The Confucius Temple possesses a Ming Dynasty examination paper with the highest score for that year, as attested by the emperor’s writing on it ,the only one remaining from the 1300year of the Confucian imperial examination.

Qingxu Taoist Temple
Qingxu Taoist Temple is on the East street of the town. The temple seated from north to south. There are three“Jin”yards and totally tens of halls. It is now one of the province priority protection units.
The Qingxu Taoist Temple was originally built in Tang Dynasty (DC 657), named.

Lei Lvtai

Lei Lv tai is the founding person establishing Ri Sheng Chang, the first draft bank in China. His residence was built in Daoguang period and is consisted of two main courtyards. The main courtyard has two parts using super fine materials with grand style , signifying the financialist richness and the spirit of a path breaker.

Wangjia Courtyard
Wangjia Courtyard has a History of structure of about 5 thousand years and it is Ming dynasty architecture. Its total area is about 150 thousand square meters and 45 thousand meters has been listed in the provincial antique to preserve. Nowadays three architectural groups including the Gaojia Cliff, the Red Gate Fort and the Xiaoyi Ancestral Shrine which are respectively built in different periods of times in Qing dynasty are named the Chinese People Art Museum or Wangjia Museum. The whole area is about 45 thousand square meters and the architecture includes 123 big and small courtyards and 1118 houses.

Qiaojia Courtyard
Qiaojia Courtyard is courtyard of Zai Zhongtang’s .Zai Zhongtang is the third generation of Qiaojia.
Qiaojia Courtyard is one of the ten best tourist scenic spots of Shanxi Province. And it has received more than 5 million travelers and over 50 films and TV series were shot here and one of the most famous films is the Hanging-up of the Bright Red Lanterns.
地址: 平遥城内沙巷街16号 (Add: No. 16 Shaxiang jie, Pingyao, Shanxi, China)
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