Pingyao Diaries, China June-2014


My third stop in China is the ancient city of Pingyao. It is about 6 hours with indirect rail travel from Beijing. China's most well-preserved old towns under UNESCO cultural heritage list. Ping Yao is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese city, founded in the 14th century. Its urban fabric shows the evolution of architectural styles and town planning in Imperial China over five centuries. Of special interest are the imposing buildings associated with banking, for which Ping Yao was the major centre for the whole of China in the 19th and early 20th centuries



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