Pingyao Ancient City Reviews
The Best Preserves town in China -- Pingyao Ancient City Dec 20, 2009
Being one of the four wholly-protected ancient cities in China, Pingyao Ancient City is thought of as the "treasure house" of ancient Chinese architectures. It is now renowned for its well-preserved ancient city wall and 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.
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.
Pingyao is a tiny ancient town, its strategically located in the center of Shanxi Province, Pingyao is about 100km south of the capital city of Shanxi - Taiyuan with railways and highways connecting the cities of North China like Taiyuan, Beijing and Xian. Encompassing an area of 1,260 square kilometers, Pingyao has a population of 480,000After hundreds of years, when most towns and counties were destroyed by wars and modern construction, the ancient city still stands as a witness of history.
The ancient City, lasting for more than 2,700 years, is almost as old as legends before the recorded history of Chinese nationality. Pingyao still retains its city layout from the Ming and Qing dynasties, conforming to a typical bagua pattern. More than 300 sites in or near the city have ancient ruins. Preserved Ming- and-Qing-style residences number close to 4,000. The streets and storefronts still largely retain their historical appearance.
In 1997, UNESCO inscribed the city on the World Cultural Heritage list, the perimeter of this square city is 6.4 kilometers long and the city wall is the earliest and largest intact city wall in China
As a recently famous town in Shanxi Province, Pingyao is one of the best-preserved towns in China. First built in the reign of King Xuan (827 – 782 B.C.) of the Western Zhou Dynasty, Pingyao boasts the ancient city walls, residences, government offices and stores of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties in its good and original condition. Up to now, the town is still well preserved the same as when it was the county seat of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Tourism has become its major industry since 1990's. The local government relocated more than 20,000 residents out of the old town from 2002-2006 for the better protection of the town
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