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Address: Center of the County, Pingyao County 030000, China
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Must see in Pingyao

Lots to see and do here. There's even daily shows (see photo) re-inacting an old Court Trial. Make sure you arrive early to get to the front for the best views. The Torture museum... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Lots to see and do here. There's even daily shows (see photo) re-inacting an old Court Trial. Make sure you arrive early to get to the front for the best views. The Torture museum is also very interesting with, amongst others, a rare original photo showing a male Eunuch after his bits were removed (our Tour-Guide told us about this... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

It included in the ticket ($120). It seemes that I was in a movie taking scense when I was there. There is a show repeatly running daily. Check the showing time and have a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Don't miss this place, even if you stay only one day in Pingyao. If you are lucky, you may also see the re-enactment of a trial, very entertaining.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This museum lays out the process for being charged, convicted and punished for a crime in the past. It is interesting the way the buildings are laid out sequencally each new layer representing a higher level of importance unil you reach the private area where the judges stayed and their small restful garden. The museum also has very nice clean... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The Pingyao Ancient Government Office is a good place to learn about how government and court matters were at work in the olden times. Like many others, we were lucky to see a mock trial on a civil dispute. Actors were dressed in costumes. The kids enjoyed it and at the same times learned how justice was served then. It... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This old government office included the prison which had all the old torture equipment and the gardens and government office. It was very interesting and took a good hour to visit

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

You can see a lot of ancient architectures also stalls selling souvenirs. I was lucky enough to see a "live show" showing mook trail in Qing Dynasty. However, even I am a Mandarin speaker, I still can't understand much of the local dialect.

Thank Yinan L
Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was one of our favorite attractions in PIngyao. When we were there, there was a reenactment of a trial. It was fun watching the actors in traditional clothes in this setting. There are a lot of interesting details in the complex. Lots of tourists seem to just go in and out, but you can definitely spend more time looking... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

A good glimpses of life in the past, with the added interest of some of the torture equipment used for interrogation, and punishment that you read about in books of old China. Also the prison is interesting, as well as the information on the Imperial exams that were taken here

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

There are some lovely old buildings and some well preserved costumes but the highlight here is the tranquil gardens. There were very few people there and it was lovely to sit and take in the peace and quiet.

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