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Address: Dapu Village, Pingyao County 031100, China
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7:55 am - 5:31 pm
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One wonders why banking in China emerged from this relatively small city.

The 120 yuan ticket sold in Pingyao covers all the museums and the walls (but with only one entry to each attraction permitted); I'm not sure who would be able - or want - to see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The 120 yuan ticket sold in Pingyao covers all the museums and the walls (but with only one entry to each attraction permitted); I'm not sure who would be able - or want - to see all the museums, but given Pingyao's place in the history of finance in China it is well worth visiting this museum, which is clearly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Very good history of how the bank employees were deployed, the status of the "upper eschelon managers, and the riches of the province until the foreigners arrived.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The museum is well set up and walking through the connected courtyards you get a sense of what life in the early banks of China was like. It was interesting to see the early use of water marks for currency authentification.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

One of the highlights included in the 3-day pass for the old city that is required to enter most of the interesting buildings.

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Tehran, Iran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This small courtyard contains some small rooms for different banks part.Interesting to visit an old bank ,here in old china,winch works for more than 100 years.

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Hangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Maybe i'm a bit bias in this review as i'm an accountant and found it amazed that they have the same role back then :) with pretty much the same job description. This site have more information in english, and apparently, this was one of the first (if it was not the first) of modern bank, and was very huge... More 

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Royston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This one is an old bank and preserved showing the rooms as they once functioned. Its fairly small but well worth a visit. Curiously tourists put money in huge Vats of water, it promptly sinks. If the bankers did that it may explain why they went bust. It seems possible though as there was no vault!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Technically this is the first and founding bank of China's current financial system. It's interesting that this rural walled town got it all started and had extensive branches. PingYao was Asia counterpart to today's London Financial Center 150 years ago.

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Xi'an, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Really enjoyed seeing what an ancient chinese bank was like, Very well preserved and lots to look at.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is the site of the first draft bank in China. You'll see the reconstructions of some of the "offices" and layout of how the bank operated. It's a fascinating glimpse into what banking used to be like 150 years ago. It's included in the Pingyao Ancient City pass for 120RMB, which is valid for two days, be aware that... More 

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