Pingyao County is 94 km southwest of Taiyuan, Shanxi province. It comprises of five towns and nine villages, an area of 1,260 square kilometers within its jurisdiction.
Pingyao Ancient City is located in Pingyao County, it is a cultural city with 2700 years of history and the only ancient county town which succeeded in the application of world cultural heritage in China.
Being the financial center of China during the late Qing Dynasty, the 2.6 square kilometer walled city of Pingyao boasts remarkably well-preserved architecture and an impressive urban plan. Pingyao Ancient City contains historic sites such as the old city wall, the Ancient County Government Office, the earliest remaining Confucian Temple in China, and Rishengchang Draft Bank, China's earliest draft bank, as well as many other historic temples and houses.
Pingyao Ancient City is one of the best-preserved Ming/Qing-era cities in China. There is no better place than Pingyao to experience a classical Ming and Qing city in ancient China.