Museum of Armed Escorts
The name of this museum can’t help but bring a smile to your face, but it is not what you think. It is the original site of one of the agencies that offered a security service for individuals and merchants. In the mid Qing Dynasty when exchange shops in Pingyao sprang up, business was at a premium and such prosperity needed an armed escort service.
The museum features the history of the development of escorts and the ten largest agencies in China, as well as the lives of the ten most famous armed escorts in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. There is also a history of the development of martial arts schools and the use of weapons such as the long spear and the short sword.
There is a second armed escort museum on South Street, the Tongxinggong Escort Agency, which was set up in 1855 by Wang Zhengqing, a martial arts master who was famous around China, and his son, Wang Shumao, also a martial arts expert.