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.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Center of the County, Pingyao County 030000, China
Name/address in local language

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 76 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 6
  • 13
    Very good
  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
Very engaging, with a guide

The Pingyao Ancient Government Office is fascinating with a guide. So if you plan a visit, think of getting yourself one. Without the Chinese language it could end up being... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2016

Similar Things to Do in Pingyao County

Add Photo Write a Review

76 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 22: English reviews
Zhengzhou, China
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I would rate this as one of the top 3 things to see in Pingyao included in the 3 day ticket. I've been many places in China and haven't see something like this before. It's a huge complex where you can see things like the jail, the god of the jail, where they held trails, and more. You can also... More 

Thank treasejessica
Level Contributor
131 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

The Pingyao Ancient Government Office is fascinating with a guide. So if you plan a visit, think of getting yourself one. Without the Chinese language it could end up being relatively less engaging. The place gives an insight into the judicial system in semi-feudal China. There are periodic re-enactments of a trial (in Chinese).

Thank Ashok-Seenu
Level Contributor
37 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

There is the courtroom, prison, interrogation room and execution ground. Hardly a "government office" in modern translation. Dont miss the good curation in the side wings

1 Thank femmemme
Level Contributor
92 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Lots to see and do here. There's even daily shows (see photo) re-inacting an old Court Trial. Make sure you arrive early to get to the front for the best views. The Torture museum is also very interesting with, amongst others, a rare original photo showing a male Eunuch after his bits were removed (our Tour-Guide told us about this... More 

1 Thank Daniel P
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
43 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

It included in the ticket ($120). It seemes that I was in a movie taking scense when I was there. There is a show repeatly running daily. Check the showing time and have a look.

Thank hamdan268
Level Contributor
472 reviews
269 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Don't miss this place, even if you stay only one day in Pingyao. If you are lucky, you may also see the re-enactment of a trial, very entertaining.

Thank Seasondtraveller
Level Contributor
176 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This museum lays out the process for being charged, convicted and punished for a crime in the past. It is interesting the way the buildings are laid out sequencally each new layer representing a higher level of importance unil you reach the private area where the judges stayed and their small restful garden. The museum also has very nice clean... More 

Thank Cararmme
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level Contributor
97 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The Pingyao Ancient Government Office is a good place to learn about how government and court matters were at work in the olden times. Like many others, we were lucky to see a mock trial on a civil dispute. Actors were dressed in costumes. The kids enjoyed it and at the same times learned how justice was served then. It... More 

Thank Speis75
Level Contributor
31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This old government office included the prison which had all the old torture equipment and the gardens and government office. It was very interesting and took a good hour to visit

Thank jLpriceHouston
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

You can see a lot of ancient architectures also stalls selling souvenirs. I was lucky enough to see a "live show" showing mook trail in Qing Dynasty. However, even I am a Mandarin speaker, I still can't understand much of the local dialect.

Thank Yinan L

Travelers who viewed Pingyao Ancient Government Office also viewed

Pingyao County, Shanxi

Been to Pingyao Ancient Government Office? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Pingyao Ancient Government Office 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?