Pingyao: Walled city hides living history

By Jacqueline Smith

The Unesco World Heritage site has lost 90 per cent of its population, but some of the remaining locals live as they always have. Photo / Supplied

The historic city of Pingyao has so far kept the sprawl of modern China at bay, writes Jacqueline Smith.

The residents of Pingyao didn’t always make a living off golf buggy rides and Bob Marley remixes. The walled city in the Shanxi province, sitting astride the ancient trade route between Shanghai and Mongolia, was once the financial hub of China.

Some would say it was not only the location of the town that helped it prosper, but the fact that the 6km-long protective wall traces the outline of a very lucky sea creature, the turtle.

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