Xietongqing Unincorporated Bank Museum

Xietongqing Unincorporated Bank Museum, Pingyao County: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Xietongqing Unincorporated Bank Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Xietongqing Unincorporated Bank Museum

Xietongqing Unincorporated Bank Museum
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Chris P
Shanghai, China4,924 contributions
Worth a short visit
May 2019 • Solo
The interesting thing for me about this bank and made it different from the other banks, was the access to the underground vault. The tickets are included in the City Ticket and I had to look for the turnstiles to show me it was a Museum, as all the signs outside are all in Chinese.
Written June 4, 2019
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TravelingCat22
Tucson, AZ2,396 contributions
The best, most complete bank to visit
Jan 2019 • Couples
Founded in 1856 and closed in 1913, this one is my favorite and I found it by chance because it is not on the city map but your city ticket allows you inside. Don't miss the vaulted basements. After a few rooms with life-size mannequins in period furniture, some points are explained using small scenes in the window where the characters are not more than 10cm. The rules for becoming an employee of this bank were strict; the poor, the illiterate, the elderly, and especially those whose family members had had "bad habits" over three generations, were not eligible for a job. However, the rules were broken for Zhaodepu, a poor man over 30 (so old!) Whose grandfather was drugged. He was so talented that he was hired. In 1900, Empress Cixi en route to Xi'an stopped at Ping Yao and was received in Zhaodepu's house. The latter had since died, but his son received him and to gain his good graces, gave him 240,000 silver liang more than the other banks in the city. She talked about her and their business prospered.
Written January 13, 2019
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whitlamabroad
Clevedon, UK551 contributions
Vault was brilliant
Oct 2018 • Couples
This was one of the best sites in Pingyao. It’s included as part of the combo ticket. Towards the rear of the area you can go down into the vaults. This was a brilliant area to visit. A little like Harry Potter.

You can pay 50rmb for a slip that you exchange for a gold item in the vault. There was also a man who would write out a beautiful slip for you.
Written October 30, 2018
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Geminican
San Jose, CA1,708 contributions
Highly recommend this bank over other banks
Sep 2017 • Solo
This bank is the biggest among former banks.
Also, this place has the best display in underground "gold" cave where you see how the golds were stored. At other former banks, you wouldn't be able to see it.
So, do visit!
Written December 17, 2017
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AndrewYew
Singapore, Singapore4,182 contributions
Not the first bank but one of the biggest
Oct 2017 • Friends
This is not the first bank in China but it is one of the biggest in Pingyao. The underground vault is immense and only a small section is opened for visitors. the operation of the bank is quite similar to the Rishenchang.
Written October 28, 2017
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mapleleaf2727
Singapore, Singapore61 contributions
Interesting!
Sep 2017 • Couples
If you have time to visit only 1 site in Pingyao old town, this would be it. And do remember to head down to the vault. There are lots of posts in the Rishengchang thread that are actually referring to this.
Written September 20, 2017
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rantati7
Helsinki, Finland2,199 contributions
More interesting than others
May 2017 • Friends
This place was more interesting than the other 'museums' in town - even those that are more famous. You should not miss the underground vaults. Toilets here are disgusting.
Written May 22, 2017
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Amy Jiang
Greater London, UK2,076 contributions
Fascinating site-interesting security measures!
Jul 2016 • Family
Really a very interesting museum, seeing the first bank of China apparently in action. Seeing how all the money would have used to look like and where it would have been stored was pretty fascinating, however the vaults are pretty easy to access for little ones, which I had with me, and make sure you look after them carefully since it can be easy for them to get lost in this big maze.
Written February 24, 2017
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Jarko2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,728 contributions
Fascinating site
Aug 2016 • Solo
Definitely a must see on the city tour ticket. Great architecture and decor to see and the vaults are unique in the city and not to be missed. More like a temple than a bank and well worth exploring.
Written August 15, 2016
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treasejessica
Zhengzhou, China9 contributions
Most Interesting Historical Bank in Pingyao
Jul 2016 • Couples
When you buy the 3 day Pingyao ticket it includes admission to several historical banks. I visited all of them and thought this one was the best. Something very unique is you can walk in the underground vault which has several caves. The buildings in the complex are also very neat looking. If you only want to go to one bank, you should pick this one.
Written July 14, 2016
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