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Pingyao

A truly ancient city that dates back almost 2,700 years, Pingyao is arguably one of the best-preserved places in the world - for which it won a designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the Qing Dynasty, Pingyao served as the finance capital of China, home to a series of banking conglomerates who controlled the silver trade, on which the national currency was based.

While such banks eventually declined when faced with stiff competition from foreign corporations, Pingyao managed to preserve its heritage; among the top highlights include The City Walls, whose gates date from almost seven hundred years ago, and the Rishengchang Exchange House, once China's largest, most powerful bank.

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Our co-founder & CEO Catherine Heald lived in China for 7 years and returns often. She loves trekking in the rice terraces of Ping An, and hugging baby pandas in Chengdu!
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