Cham­ber of Com­merce Mu­seum

Timeless Travels Magazine - - CHINA -

This mu­seum is on the site of the old Cham­ber of Com­merce, said to be the first in ex­is­tence in China. The orig­i­nal Cham­ber of Com­merce was built upon the mer­chant and pro­vin­cial guilds.

From the street en­trance there is a small court­yard with a cou­ple of rooms off each side and then you progress to the sec­ond court­yard with more rooms open­ing in the same man­ner. In each room are doc­u­ments and arte­facts telling the story of both the orig­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion and its role in his­tory. There are lots of fab­u­lous, old, black-and-white pho­to­graphs to en­joy and old doc­u­ments on dis­play – sadly with no trans­la­tions. But it is worth a visit to en­joy the ar­chi­tec­ture and the sense of his­tory of the site.

Pre­vi­ous pages: Left: The main street of Pingyao Right: The an­cient city walls Above: One of the court­yards at the Cham­ber of Com­merce Mu­seum Far left: Photo of em­ploy­ees of the Cham­ber of Com­merce Mu­seum Left: One of the guardians of the Qingxu Tem­ple Right, top: Gar­den at the en­trance to the Con­fu­cius Tem­ple Right, mid­dle: Court­yard in­side the Gov­ern­ment Build­ing Com­plex Right: A room in­side the Rishengchang Draft Bank

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