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Rishengchang Former Bank

Dapu Village, Pingyao County 031100, China
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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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Layer de la Haye, United Kingdom
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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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Schoten, Belgium
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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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37 helpful votes 37 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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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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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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Hong Kong, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

It was more of a former house of the bank owner, so the set up is much like the other courtyards. Too many tour groups visiting at once making it hard to walk through.

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Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Its crowded with Chinese visitors, but you can't miss this important part of Pingyao. Read about the banking system, or let you guide explain this. Its very interesting to know.

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