Pingyao, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, is renowned for its well-preserved Ancient City Wall. The wall, constructed in 1370, has six gates, four structured towers at the four corners and 72 watchtowers.

The city was at its peak during the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644) and offers a fascinating insight into the architectural styles of Imperial China, as the walls and design of the city are typical of the symmetrical layout of the era.

Pingyao was the financial centre of China in the late Qing Dynasty. During those times, there were as many as 20 financial institutions within the city, comprising more than half of the total in the whole country. Among these is "Rishengchang," considered the first bank in China and pioneered the use of paper checks as a form of payment.

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With thousands of years of fascinatingly diverse history, China is one of the world’s oldest and most monumental civilisations. Encounter millennia-old culture and religion with visits to some of China’s greatest and most intriguing ancient sights.

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Time difference: GMT +8 Hours
Flight time: Approx 10 hours to Beijing
Visa Required: Yes
Currency: Yen
Tel Code: 010
Official Language: Mandarin
Religion: Buddhism
Airlines:  British Airways, Emirates , Etihad Airways , Air China , Cathay Pacific , Qatar Airways , Finnair , KLM , Air France , Turkish Airlines

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