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Address: Dapu Village, Pingyao County 031100, China
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7:55 am - 5:31 pm
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Probably why Pingyao is on the map

After 2.5 days visiting Pingyao this was literally the last attraction we went through. Too bad, because relatively speaking it was one of the better sites. It certainly made... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 9, 2016
Chantilly, Virginia

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Chantilly, Virginia
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59 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

After 2.5 days visiting Pingyao this was literally the last attraction we went through. Too bad, because relatively speaking it was one of the better sites. It certainly made sense of the historical importance of the city. Wish this was the first or near first things seen. We did have a guide, which surely made the bank come alive as... More 

Thank bransom_13
Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

The actual displays are not that interesting and are very simple. The only interest we found is what I titled above. In contrast to the business of the main roads, the inner courts of the place give a better idea about the old town.

Thank DannyD777
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 709 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

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 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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