The Pingyao ancient town is made up of four main streets, eight narrow streets, and seventy two alleys. It takes on the eight diagrams design on the tortoise shell. The streets and alleys are interlaced in a perfect order and have distinctive primary and secondary.
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The elegant buildings are in succession and the dense enclosures echoes closely. The streets are not wide. With the disturbances of two hundred years, this ancient town has been old, but its soul is always there. There are deep track prink on every threshold of decent shop. You can imagine how flourish it is and how heavy the traffic is. There are chariots and horses from different parts of China. They carried money, risks, pride, and all the customs and dialects of China. They also carried the smooth national economy of the South and the North.
The Ming and Qing Street is the important relic-preservation unit in Shanxi province. In old days, the market building was built in order to develop commerce. In the past, there were three markets in one day, that is, the morning market, the noon market, and the evening market. So the market building is the center of commerce in Pingyao town. The market building was redecorated in 1688, and it had been mended later. It is 18.5 meters tall and has three floors. On the first floor, there are brick foundation, brick wall, two doors in the east and west, porches around, and pillars. On the second floor, there is shrine in it. On the roof, there are ceiling and colorful glazed tiles. It is a unique high rise building like a pavilion. Over many years, the market building is undivided with the ancient City Wall. These two sights are the symbols of Pingyao ancient town. Ascending step by step, you can get a grand overlook of the Pingyao ancient city. Maybe you want to write a poem when you are on top of it.
The Ming and Qing Street is in the South Street in Pingyao. This street has been the commercial center of Pingyao town since ancient time. There are full of antiquated buildings on the two sides of the street. Walking down this street, you will feel that time will come again. The street front is not wide. There are all kinds of small shops on the two sides of this street in rows. These small shops are all wood and brick. Some sell Pingyao special local products, some are selling special snacks, and some are selling souvenirs.
In this street, you can also find some signboards which only can be seen on TV, such as Biao Ju (a kind of Security Company, which protects guests' life and wealth). Going into the Biao Ju, you can know the history of it. You can choose some interesting small articles with reasonable prices, such as the old modal bibelots and the ancient clocks. They are the best gifts to give to friends and relatives, and you can keep them as a memory.
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Situated on South Avenue, the Ancient Ming-Qing Street was the noisiest centre of business at that time. The street is not very wide, with various kinds of shops orderly arranged along the road. These shops were all built with bricks and stones completely in the style of Ming and Qing architecture, which are all the prototypes of the aged buildings and quite different from the imitation works now. In the granite thresholds of each decent house, two lines of deep traits left by the running-over carriages can still be found, which provides evidence of the former bustle of business and also the pride held for them in the old days. However, many shops have been rebuilt to be used as museums or restaurants now. For example, Baichuantong Exchange Shop now displays furniture, calligraphy, household utensils and other articles of the previous housemasters. Yonglonghao Exchange Shop has been rebuilt as the national lacquer museum and Yunjincheng Chinese Medicine Shop as Pingyao Traditional Famous Food Restaurant.
Walking to the centre of the street, you can see a tall pavilion building. Here almost all the businesses in this city were concentrated back then. This building, also called City Building, along with the City Wall, has become witnesses to the long history of this ancient city in the people's eyes. A well is hidden in the southeast of the building, the color of its water is said to be closest to gold. Hence the building is also called 'Golden Well Building'. The spot had entered into the directory of Twelve Sceneries of Pingyao in the Qing Dynasty and this area is also listed as a key spot now under provincial cultural protection.
Entering the Ancient Ming-Qing Street, you can not only feel the atmosphere of the flourishing businesses formerly established but also appreciate the really ancient building designs. Don't pass by the chance to properly taste some of the delicious food available in Pingyao, such as noodles made as dishes, savory beefs as well as the uniquely fragrant and dainty 'Wantuo'. With so many interesting and historical attractions to visit and divine concoctions to sample, this area is sure to make a lasting impression on you once you venture here.
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