Streets of Pingyao

Timeless Travels Magazine - - CHINA -

Walk­ing around Pingyao is a won­der­ful way to spend a cou­ple of hours. The net­work of 84 streets and lanes are likened to the asym­met­ri­cal pat­tern on a tur­tle’s shell. The tur­tle sym­bol­ises longevity and tran­quil­lity in China, and Pingyao is of­ten called ‘tur­tle city’.

The main street, Nan Da­jie (also South Street or Ming-Qing Street), is one of the cen­tral pas­sage­ways of the town, and has been so for the past 450 years. Once home to wealthy fam­i­lies and their busi­nesses, to­day it is filled with banks, shops, food stalls, restau­rants and mu­se­ums.

It is also rec­om­mended to stay within the walled city in one of the old houses that have been turned into small ho­tels.

Top: A street in Pingyao - full of bus­tle and colour Left, mid­dle: An im­pres­sive dis­play of weapons at the Mu­seum of Armed Es­corts Left: Deep in the vault of the Xi­etongqing Draft Bank Right, left to right: A large san­dal des­ig­nat­ing a shoe shop; lo­cal street food; scoot­ers lined up in a back street All images: © Fiona Richards

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