Xi­etongqing Draft Bank Vaults

Timeless Travels Magazine - - CHINA -

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.

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