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Pingyao Ancient Government Office

Center of the County, Pingyao County 030000, China
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings
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Melbourne, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
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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.

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Shanghai, China
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16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Shanghai, China
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31 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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129 reviews 129 reviews
45 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
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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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

This was the headquarters of the local government in Pingyao. The buildings are well preserved and well presented and give you a good flavour of what the city administration used to be like, including the justice system. This was the most interesting of all the sites we visited in Pingyao and is well worth a visit

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Auckland, New Zealand
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Included in the 18 sites in the Pingyao City ticket, 150 RMB per adult and 75 RMB per child, 3 days validity but can only enter each site once per ticket. Best sight to visit inside of.

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London, United Kingdom
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37 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I visit Pingyao ancient town the day before yesterday. Because the hostel we lived is facing the Pingyao Ancient Government office so that the first attraction we visit Pingyao is the ancient government office. It is very large and I was most impressed with the prisons and the implements of punishment. The places the ancient officers worked I always wactched... More

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Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
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132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Many interesting things to see inside, its also busy, let your surprise. Take you time for this. Don't rush through it.

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Durham, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

The performance is not excellent but quite interesting. The place is quite big, including prison etc. So it costs me more than an hour.

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Twin Cities
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15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

The Ancient Government Office in the walled city of Pingyao is one of the best maintained sites in the city and more improvements are in the works. You'll get the most satisfaction from this site if you visit during the time when a mock trial is being conducted in the morning. Otherwise, it's a large site with plenty of areas... More

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