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Updated on Sep 07, 2020 Useful Info

Pingyao Ancient City: Explore the history Saved by the City Wall

To me, the ancient city of Pingyao is unfamiliar, but every time I think about these four words, I always feel the simplicity of fireworks and the long and long aroma. Introduced by China Adventure Tour company, I had the fortune to take a private tour to Pingyao Ancient City.


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Some people say that every day in life really doesn't need a lot, just sunshine, fresh air, and warm affection. I think such a day is every day spent in the ancient city of Pingyao. There is no need to remember a lot, just remember the hope in the morning in the ancient city, the embellishment of the setting sun, and every moving scenery that I walked through, and those who are willing to stop for it.

Jinzhong Pingyao, Damei ancient city. It's never just talk about it. The most beautiful sentence in the "Book of Songs" "I went to the past, Yang Liu Yiyi. Today I come to think, rain and snow fall." Related to Pingyao, it has been beautiful for nearly 3000 years.

Walking in the ancient streets and alleys of the ancient city of Pingyao, the breath of Ming and Qing dynasties approached along the ancient city wall. Time is quiet and good, always feel there is a kind of power that makes you involuntarily gaze in a direction, deeply hidden thoughts linger, behind the heavy history and culture of the ancient city, it is full of too much poetry.

Time has the power of calmness. It promotes the alternation of time and the transformation of all things. Time goes by, and the only thing that remains unchanged is the simplest surprise in the deep alleys of the ancient buildings. It seems to warn you that in the twinkling of a thousand years, it is the scenery of yesterday. It is better to cherish the present and try to live every day as leisurely as in Pingyao, with low eyebrows, fireworks and a smile.

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The traffic network of the ancient city of Pingyao consists of criss-crossed four streets, eight small streets, and 72 snaking alleys. South Street, also known as Ming and Qing Street, is the central axis of the ancient city of Pingyao. In this 400-meter-long ancient street, 78 ancient shops are closely connected, including ticket numbers, money houses, pawn shops, pharmacies, butcher shops, tobacco shops, grocery shops, silk shops, etc., almost inclusive of the commercial All business. During the Qing Dynasty, Nanda Street controlled more than 50% of the country's financial institutions. Known as China's "Wall Street".

In the morning, the ancient city is exceptionally quiet, with blue grouper spots in the deep lanes, and I don't know how much Pingyao's thoughts are hidden, sleeping in the old streets.

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West Avenue, from the west to Xia West Gate, and East and South Avenues intersect at the north end, forming a straight main street with East Avenue. The famous China's first ticket number, Rishengchang, was born on West Street in the ancient city, known as the "First Street of Daqing Finance". East Avenue, starting from the east, Xiadongmen, and the north end of West and South Avenues intersect, forming a straight main street with West Avenue. North Avenue, starting from North Gate and the middle of Nantong West Avenue in the north.

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Explore the bodyguard industry in the Qing Dynasty


The North China First Escort Museum is located at No. 22, South East Avenue Road, Gucheng. The whole museum is divided into four parts: front, middle, back, and courtyard. There are 6 exhibition rooms and two exhibition areas, which fully and truly reproduce the unique style of the escort in my country since Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty. According to Wushu Huizong, Zhang Heiwu, a Shanxi man known as the invincible boxer, opened the first "Xinglong" Escort at Qianmenwai Street in Beijing during the Qianlong period.

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It is said that in 1900 the Eight-Power Allied Forces attacked Tianjin and entered Beijing. Empress Dowager Cixi took Emperor Guangxu and fled to Xi’an. The journey to the west was indispensable for food and drink. On the ninth day of August, the Second Palace arrived in Pingyao, and the amount of silver was 930,000 taels. No one dared to be the bodyguard of the emperor's silver, only the Wang family in Pingyao, Shanxi dared to pick it up. It was a troubled time. The Wang family's guard team went through ups and downs, day and night, and sent the silver to Xi'an in only half a month. This plaque on the site of the Wang’s house is still a reward from the Empress Dowager Cixi after completing this mission.


Rishengchang Former Bank/The first private bank in Chinese history

Piaohao is a private financial institution that specializes in foreign exchange, deposit and lending services between banks. Rishengchang Piaohao is the first private bank in Chinese history and the predecessor of modern banks. The Rishengchang Former Courtyard is divided into three courtyards, the front yard is the business hall, the middle yard is the internal office, and the back yard is the living area.

The east cabinet is equivalent to today's business hall, where small customers go through procedures. West Cabinet: Today’s cashier, where customers withdraw money. Rishengchang ticket number created 15 million taels of silver, worth 10 billion yuan. This huge profit mainly comes from: 1. Huishui, that is, the cost of exchange of silver taels on behalf of the ticket number, according to the silver level, distance, number and The tightness of money is weighed in all aspects, accounting for about 60% of the profit; 2. About 20% comes from the difference between deposit and loan interest; 3. The free period is the month when the customer will transfer the money to the ticket number in A From the date of withdrawal in place of the ticket number, the time the remitted money stays in the ticket number is also called the "empty period"; 4. The flat surplus, that is, the deposit of silver is due to weight and fineness. The profit generated by the difference, this part of the total income accounted for less than 1% of the profit, and the profit of the ticket number was nearly 140,000 taels. It can be seen that the currency exchange amount of the ticket number at that time was very profitable.

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Pingyao Confucian Temple/Fame in the world

The Confucian Temple is actually the Confucian Temple, a place where Confucius was worshipped. Pingyao Confucian Temple is located in the southeast of Pingyao County. It was built in the early years of Zhenguan of Tang Dynasty. Its Dacheng Hall was rebuilt in the third year of Jin Dading and has remained the original appearance. It is the oldest temple of all levels of Confucianism in my country.

The local people don't know the time when the Confucian Temple was built, but according to the inscription on the beams inside the temple, the Dacheng Hall was rebuilt in the third year of Jin Dading (1103). The existing building Dacheng Hall is the original structure of the Jin Dynasty, and the rest were built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

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Pingyao Confucian Temple, the only surviving Confucian Temple in China's 1300-year history of imperial examinations, is known as the "little Forbidden City". The Kuixing Tower is on the southeast corner of the wall outside the Confucian Temple. She is small and exquisite, but she points directly to the sky. Climbing up this building, you have the feeling of “stars can be picked by your hand”, and you have a panoramic view of the ancient city of Pingyao.


Sunset over Pingyao Ancient City


The ancient city wall of Pingyao was built in the Xuanwang period of the Western Zhou Dynasty. There are six ancient city gates, two east and west. A bird’s-eye view of the ancient city of Pingyao, which is shaped like a tortoise that wants to move. Outside the South Gate, the river in Zhongdu in ancient times snaked through, which aroused the feelings of ancient scholars of "playing in the water in front of the tortoise, enjoying the sunrise in the landscape, and building the city for its use". The tortoise is a symbol of auspiciousness and longevity. The theory of "turtle city" originated from the ancient people's worship of the "four spirits".

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