We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Rishengchang Former Bank

Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Dapu Village, Pingyao County 031100, China
Today
7:55 am - 5:31 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:55 am - 5:31 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 26 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 8
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Most recent review
one of the 1st Banks in the world

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2014
BijanTehran_Iran
,
Tehran, Iran
Add Photo Write a Review

26 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Tehran, Iran
Top Contributor
185 reviews 185 reviews
162 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hangzhou, China
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
62 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Royston, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
244 reviews 244 reviews
93 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
US
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Xi'an, China
Reviewer
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Layer de la Haye, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
262 reviews 262 reviews
100 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Schoten, Belgium
Top Contributor
202 reviews 202 reviews
72 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Shanghai, China
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
61 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
31 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
28 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Rishengchang Former Bank also viewed

 

Been to Rishengchang Former Bank? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Rishengchang Former Bank staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?