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The Introduction of Pingyao City

Pingyao is a famous historic cultural city of China and a world cultural heritage site. Located in the center of Shanxi Province, it’s 90 kilometers south of Taiyuan on the Fen River.

People lived in the vicinity of Pingyao during the New Stone Age. According to legend, an official from the village became the Emperor Yao and gave the town the names of Gutao and Pingtao. This area, during the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.) belonged to the Jin Kingdom and during the Warring States Period (475—221 B.C.) it belonged to the Zhao Kingdom. Pingtao became a city and the seat of the county government in the Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.).

Its long period as a county government seat has left Pingyao with a 2,700-year history of politics, culture and economy, as well as numerous historic buildings and sites. Ninety-nine of these are under government protection, including three under national protection: Zhengguo Temple (Five Dynasties to Ming Dynasty), Shuanglin Temple (Ming Dynasty), and Pingyao Ancient City (Yuan to Qing Dynasties). The city is laid out according the to the system of the Han nationality.

  • Last visit to Pingyao: Jan 2007
  • Intro Updated Mar 3, 2007
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Excellent page of Pingyao. I have heard so much of this historic heritage city. Hope to visit one day. Will be at Beijing Games. Cheers from Penang, SL :)

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    Apr 13, 2007 at 8:57 PM

    You have been busy!

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