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  • Address: West Main Street, Pingyao County, China 031100

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Rishengchang Exchange Tours

Situated in Pingyao, Shanxi Province, the Rishengchang Exchange is widely considered to have been the first bank in China. Established in 1823 during the Qing Dynasty, what began as one man’s efforts to manage the accounts of his own company developed into a private banking enterprise that, at its peak, controlled almost half of China’s economy.

Now converted into a museum, the Rishengchang Exchange comprises 21 buildings surrounded by three courtyards, with counters situated either side of the front yard. In one corner of this courtyard, an elderly man dressed in a traditional 19th-century robe writes out exchange bills bearing the red Rishengchang stamp, which he then issues to visitors as souvenirs.

In 2006, the Rishengchang Exchange was included on the list of monuments of the People's Republic of China.

Practical Info

There’s a coach that departs from Taiyuan train station that reaches Pingyao in two hours. Once there, the ancient walled city of Pingyao can be explored by foot or via rickshaw. Visitors are able to purchase a joint ticket that will cover entry into 20 small attractions around the city.

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Private Day Tour: Pingyao Ancient City and Traditional Art of Paper Cutting Class, Pingyao, null
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Private Day Tour: Pingyao Ancient City and Traditional Art of Paper Cutting Class

Discover the perfectly preserved city of Pingyao with this private walking tour including the highlights of the city explained by a friendly and professional ...  Read more

Location: Taiyuan, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.00
Pingyao Old City One-Day Tour, Pingyao, Private Day Trips
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Pingyao Old City One-Day Tour

Explore Pingyao, famed for its well-preserved ancient walls, on this 8-hour tour. Your local guide will lead you to ancient temples and government buildings as ...  Read more

Location: Taiyuan, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.00

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