An ancient county that has witnessed true international friendship


( The day also was the starting point for the activities of "Chinese New Year in the Ancient City of Pingyao", a ten-year event listed on the UNESCO world cultural heritage site that combines tradition and creativity.

Tourists can be totally immersed in the strong atmosphere of traditional Chinese New Year by living in traditional dwellings, trying a Chinese New Year's Eve family dinner, making dumplings, writing spring festival scrolls, pasting paper cuts, and enjoying various local operas and performances.

The Ancient City of Ping Yao is a well-preserved ancient county-level city in China, located in Ping Yao county, central Shanxi province. Founded in the 14th century and covering an area of 225 hectares, the Ancient City of Ping Yao is a complete building complex including ancient walls, streets and lanes, shops, dwellings and temples. Its layout reflects perfectly the developments in architectural style and urban planning of the Han cities over more than five centuries.

Pingyao still retains its urban layout from the Ming and Qing dynasties, conforming to a typical ba gua pattern. More than 300 sites in or near the city have ancient ruins. The city has over a hundred streets and lanes, lined with close to 4,000 17th–19th century shops and residences. The streets and storefronts still largely retain their historical appearance.

The city walls of Pingyao were constructed in 1370, the 3rd year of the Hongwu Emperor of the Ming. They enclose an area of about 2.25 km2 (0.87 sq mi). The town is accessed by six barbican gates, one each on the north and south walls and two each on the east and west walls. This pattern is similar to that of a turtle (the head, tail and four legs), earning Pingyao the moniker "Turtle City." The walls measure about 12 m (39 ft) high, with a perimeter of 6,163 m (20,220 ft). A 4 m wide and 4 m (13 ft) deep moat can be found just outside the walls. Aside from the four structured towers at the four corners, there are also 72 watchtowers and more than 3,000 battlements. The number of defensive works supposedly represents the number of Confucius's disciples and other students. The walls are considered among the best-preserved ancient city walls on this scale.

According to China Daily

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