In these two portfolio albums I’ve dug out and edited some existing photographs from the Ancient City of Pingyao, Shanxi, China that have not featured on the site before.
Note: click on any photo to start a cool manual slideshow without the annotations!
This well-preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese city dates back to the 16th century still retains its urban layout from the Ming and Qing dynasties, and is famed for its importance in Chinese economic history. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is surrounded by a wall that if seen from above it’s pattern is similar to that of a turtle (the head, tail and four legs), earning Pingyao the moniker “Turtle City.” The streets and storefronts still largely retain their historical appearance.
During my visit I stayed at the gorgeous Yide Hotel inside the city, a traditional courtyard property with a 300-year history with Chinese-style rooms with hand-made fine wood fittings and artwork.
I also visited the famous Shuanglin Temple, a short taxi ride out of the city, which dates back to the 6th century and was founded in 571 A.D.