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Pingyao is a World Culture Heritage site listed by the UNESCO for "an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese city". The city has a history of more than 2700 years. Its ancient town is still looked like as it was in the last 500 years, offering an outstanding example of Chinese urban fabric during the Ming and Qing Dynasties of China. The intact walled city encloses over 3000 historic buildings including courtyard dwelling houses and mansions, temples, draft banks, and stores. Stepping into it, a full picture of Chinese culture and social development will be unfolded in front of you.

Pingyao Ancient City: A Walled Tortoise City

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Whereas the rest China is embracing an intensive modernization in a fast pace, Pingyao tenaciously holds onto its past. Pingyao's old walled city is also called the Tortoise City, an impenetrable strong hold resembling the outline of a tortoise.

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