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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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Shanghai, China
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Derbyshire
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109 reviews 109 reviews
41 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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 Central, New Zealand
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82 reviews 82 reviews
45 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
37 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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153 reviews 153 reviews
57 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
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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Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed my 'wandering' of the Government Building in Pingyao. Despite getting completely turned around in the maze of narrow lanes, courtyards, temples, and buildings, it was a joy to simply meander through the site. The hidden gems here are the gardens. There are several well kept gardens dotted around. My personal favourite was the one with the huge... More

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Washington, DC
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87 reviews 87 reviews
26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

Interesting seeing the ancient city, areas of government, the prison, etc. Be sure to ask for the senior discount if you are over 60.

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