I found Pingyao to be a large rectangle that is bursting with history to look at.
We decided to pick out only the sights with a rating of AAAA, like for example, China’s very first bank:
Rishengchang 日升昌 was established in the late Qing-dynasty.
It’s part of what this whole part of the country is famous for:
A traditional spirit of mercantilism.
Then there were some more banks and some temples.
…lots of walking and a confusing number of gates to pass through, so I forget what these places were called.
But it was fun anyways:
I found a nice substitute for Christmas candles:
Unfortunately, the “only professional photography museum in the country” was closed and didn’t look like it was going to re-open within the next few days:
No bad feelings, though – only a good excuse to call it a day and go back to the hotel.
We’re on holidays after all.