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Address: Dapu Village, Pingyao County 031100, China
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Ancient city of pingyou

The ancient city of pingyou is worth a visit. The former bank of China is one of the first sites you will enter as you come from the train station close by. The bank has great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2016
Koek W
Muscat, Oman
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ancient banking complex is one of the highlights of Pingayo old town. So many warren like rooms and alleys to visit once inside, all behind black lacquered doors and windows. Really atmospheric and a great spot to visit. Included in the Pingyao ancient town ticket.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

If you’re not into history, the bank may seem underwhelming. If you want to learn about how and why the first bank in China was established, how it grew, and how it spawned similar and competitor banks, get a local guide and visit Rishengchang Bank. The artifacts are mostly original, or at least from the time period, and the history... More 

Thank LoveandLive2Travel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

The Rishengchang Bank was definitely the highlight of our 3-day trip to Pingyao. While much of the city has been over-restored, this complex still looked like it probably did before domestic tourism became big business in China. The recent history of Pingyao can pretty much be traced through this and the Armed Escort Museum. One extreme problem is the very... More 

Thank Ashok-Seenu
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

I am always possive, but I will take this out of our itinerary. Two courtyards with in every room with some old dusty furniture..I expected to see a bit more bankmatters...but what can you expect from 1823?

Thank Tourleaderasia
Muscat, Oman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

The ancient city of pingyou is worth a visit. The former bank of China is one of the first sites you will enter as you come from the train station close by. The bank has great rooms with decoration and some explanation. Good for a quick tour. However go for the temples further in the city.

Thank Koek W
Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

Of all the same rooms with a chair, some wall art and piles of dust and dirt in the other exhibits - This one was larger and had a fair bit to see - Although not exactly informative - It was cute... again most placards were in Chinese or VERY bad English.

Thank Wayne S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

Interesting to visit the oldest / first bank in China. Building presented as it would have looked like in 1800's. However all a bit staid,with dusty and tired exhibits. Information is in English.

Thank Allen H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

As you can see the whole process here, from goods delivery, payment, ancient ways of controlling, we found this place very interesting. Also to see how people worked and lived was fascinating. You need a guide to understand this, the few English lables are not enough. And you need to visit only one former bank. The others are very similar.

Thank Dorothea H
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

Interesting to visit the first private bank in China. Great story behind how it started and pretty amazing how they expanded to have branches all over China - and Vietnam and India!

Thank CodyKow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

It is unfortunately a little crowded. Some rooms are quite poor in decoration and seems to be very artificially recreated for the museum purpose...

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