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Pingyao (Chinese: 平遥) is an amazingly preserved ancient town, some 700 km from Beijing. It still retains its layout from the Ming and Qing dynasties, with preserved Ming- and Qing-style residences numbering close to 4,000.

In recent years it has become a fixed stop on the tourist trail, and the little town sees a lot of visitors, both Chinese and international. Still, we rather liked it. The ticket to town includes several buildings and halls you can visit, which are great, but it might be a good idea try and avoid the rush hours.

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This picture was taken from the southern gate tower looking to the north along Nan Dajie ('the great street south'). Visible in the distance, shrouded in the haze of the day, is the 14th century tower which marks the center of the city.

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