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In some of the rooms we’ll see implements of torture.The Temple of the City God still sees regular use by locals.On the first day of this trip we’ll walk all the way around the city walls, getting a good look over the city from above.

It was originally built in 1346, during the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368 AD), but most of the remaining buildings date to the Ming Dynasty.

Walking its alleys and thoroughfares, it’s easy to imagine what life was like in those times long gone by, when Pingyao was the financial center of China.

World Cultural Heritage site since 1997, Pingyao’s old city contains much of interest: the Rishengchang Exchange Shop, known as the ‘father of banking in China’; the display of the Qing Dynasty legal system at the old County Government Office on Zhengfu Street; the Temple of the City God and the Temple of Literature; the City Tower and the line of old buildings and courtyard residences on either side of the ‘Ming and Qing’ Street; and, of course, the city walls and moat, over six kilometres in circumference.

According to architectural records, it is the third earliest preserved timber structure in China.

It was rediscovered by the 20th-century architectural historian Liang Sicheng in 1937, while an older hall at Nanchan Temple was discovered by the same team a year later.

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