Xietongqing Draft Bank Vaults
The Xietongqing Draft Bank was first established in Pingyao in 1856. What makes this different to the Risengchang Bank is that this former bank had underground vaults protected by live-in guards.
Therefore after visiting the 30 exhibition rooms, you can descend into the vaults and explore the cave-like rooms filled with stacks of faux gold and silver ingots.
It is hugely atmospheric and gives a good idea of what the vaults were like in the 19th century. This bank continued for more than 50 years, closing in 1913.