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Chinese lanterns in the streets of Pingyao

Pingyao is a tiny ancient city (about 2km across) located in central Shanxi Province, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Taiyuan, capital of the province. Originally built in the Western Zhou Dynasty (1045-256 BC), it boasts a history of over 2,700 years.

 

The long and prosperous history of Pingyao has left many ancient buildings with unique style and artistic charm, as well as a variety of handcrafts and local products. Along the Ming Qing Street inside the ancient town run lots of diverse stores and restaurants, which attract lots of tourists all day long but especially at night.

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Taken on March 26, 2012