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Rishengchang Former Bank

Dapu Village, Pingyao County 031100, China
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4.0 of 5 stars 26 Reviews
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Sun - Sat 7:55 am - 5:31 pm

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Tehran, Iran
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180 reviews 180 reviews
158 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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71 reviews 71 reviews
62 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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217 reviews 217 reviews
79 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Layer de la Haye, United Kingdom
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79 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
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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Schoten, Belgium
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171 reviews 171 reviews
62 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

You don't get them like this any more! Interesting to see how they traded in the old days, how they lived and partied.....and how they managed to trade all across China - no mean feat then!

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Shanghai, China
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96 reviews 96 reviews
58 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This place is much larger than it looks, and a gives a great impression of building style in those days

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Shanghai, China
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Pingyao was built on banking and the wealth derived from that, and this museum gives a good insight into what life was like up to around 100 years ago. Well preserved and a warren of rooms and passages, with a good selection of old furniture and articles to help you understand how the banks worked.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Pingyao was a pioneering banking centre in China, developing what became a nationwide system of financing internal trade through bank drafts. This museum tells the story. We found it very interesting though, as with many of the buildings in Pingyao, the interiors of the rooms were somewhat gloomy. If you're over 60, as we are - just! - then show... More 

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