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Pingyao Ancient Government Office

Center of the County, Pingyao County 030000, China
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Prison is Cool

I am a sucker for looking at old prison conditions. This is only a small part of this attraction... read more

Reviewed June 14, 2017
Dalian, China
via mobile
I really liked this

The complex is big and and it gives one a very good view of how the government ruled in ancient... read more

Reviewed June 5, 2017
Zurich, Switzerland
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Center of the County, Pingyao County 030000, China
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Reviewed June 14, 2017 via mobile

I am a sucker for looking at old prison conditions. This is only a small part of this attraction, but worth a look. I particularly enjoyed the display of torture tools they show you. Much of the rest is looking at offices, which is okay.

Thank Harding2096
Reviewed June 5, 2017

The complex is big and and it gives one a very good view of how the government ruled in ancient times. Everything is logical situated. I partically enjoyed the public bathrooms and the squares, where you can sit and relax a bit.

Thank paukie
Reviewed May 19, 2017

Quite a crowded attraction. In fact, we were going to visit early in the day, but the queue to get in was a bit too long so we waited until after lunch. It was well worth the wait. Extensive buildings including a prison (as well...More

Thank GerMar60
Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile

Mickey preserved but a little bit crowded. Interesting to see how they use to run things. Make sure you go see the prison or jail.

Thank Derreck T
Reviewed October 29, 2016

The former gov office on Yamen St is originally built in 1346, completed with bells and whistles, and a karaoke, prison and residence as well.

Thank Irene E
Reviewed October 1, 2016

A useful onsite into how the town was administered in the past. Well presented and layer out and not too crowded when we went.

Thank davemartin3
Reviewed September 29, 2016

This museum is good however you need a private guide to fully appreciate it, otherwise you will look at things and have absolutely no idea what they are or what they were used for as there are very few western translations. With a guide you...More

Thank latestfilly
Reviewed September 9, 2016

Fairly interesting compound. Has your old court rooms and jail, complete with examples of gruesome sentences of punishment. Certainly different from your temple fare ... Best with a guide - to get the most out of what your seeing and how it all worked back...More

Thank bransom_13
Reviewed July 14, 2016

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...More

Thank treasejessica
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....More

Thank Ashok-Seenu
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