Traditional architecture and modern shops in Pingyao, Shanxi Province, China.

Pingyao: What Gems of Architecture are Housed in this Traditional Imperial Chinese City?

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Door at Pingyao prison.

Door at Pingyao prison. ( CC0)

Top image: Traditional architecture and modern shops in Pingyao, Shanxi Province, China. Source: Aisccd/ CC BY 3.0

By Wu Mingren


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