Mu­seum of Armed Es­corts

Timeless Travels Magazine - - CHINA -

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.

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