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Ancient Ming and Qing Street

The Ancient Ming and Qing Street, that is the South Avenue of Pingyao, is an essential cultural relics of the county. Reputed as the 'Wall Street of China', it used to be the most prosperous part of the county and the financial center of China.

The Ancient Ming and Qing Street is located in the centre of Pingyao and forms the axis of the county. The street which stretches for over 750 meters, is unique in its concentration of as many as one hundred shops and local houses in the style of the ancient Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) architecture. In the past the businesses that these shops encompassed involved nearly all fields of commerce including finance, medicine, silk, clothing, fans, lanterns and general merchandise, Now, although some shops have become museums or have changed the types of business they house, all retain their original appearance, making this street an excellent location to see historic buildings of the Qing and Ming period. The street is also a place where some local souvenirs can be purchased and some of the unique local snacks can be sampled.

The ancient City Tower, which is situated in the center of the street, is the highest building of Pingyao and also forms its axle center. It is also the best point to overview the county.

 Travel Tips: An all-inclusive ticket to the sights of Pingyao costs CNY 120 and includes entrance to the City Wall, Rishengchang Exchange Shop, the Temple of the City God, the Ancient Ming and Qing Street, and other about 20 scenic spots in the county. Many of these are located beside the Ancient Ming and Qing Street, such as the museums of some former exchange shops, Weishengchang, Xietongqing and Baichuantong.

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