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In 1997 Pingyao became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ancient city is extremely well preserved and the only city in China to be surrounded by completely intact city walls.

It was a former financial center during the Ming and Qing dynasties and is home to China’s earliest banks.

Many of the old courtyard houses along the main streets have been opened up as museums or even guesthouses, while the bustling backstreets are a hub of local activity.

Paper cutting

Pingyao is famous for paper cutting, a skill that has been passed down through the generations. Paper cuttings of various colors and sizes can be bought from traditional shops on Ming Qing Jie, Pingyao's central street.

There are also many antique shops and restaurants along this bustling street.

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    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Pingyao, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Pingyao at its best.

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