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Rishengchang Former Bank

Dapu Village, Pingyao County 031100, China
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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128 reviews 128 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 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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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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91 reviews 91 reviews
57 attraction reviews
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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28 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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Hong Kong, China
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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153 reviews 153 reviews
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

For me, this was one of the most interesting buildings in Pingyao. The wax figures were most realistic and you could just imagine yourself back in time.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

Pingyao was the centre of finance in China at various times and this site is very useful to visit to learn how this filtered thru to a basic banking level many hundreds of years ago.

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Mountain View, California
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2011

This is the place where money was first managed by a bank, and the exhibits are very interesting, as is the Armed Escort Museum nearby.

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