T plus 6 - Pingyao
First, a little background about this historic place (and UNESCO World Heritage site):
Pingyao was a city which flourished in the Ming and Qing dynasties, about 700 years ago. Unlike most other ancient cities in China (or indeed the world), most of Pingyao's architecture from this "golden age" is largely intact, including its fabulous 12m high wall which surrounds the entire city (6km circumference). Pingyao was also China's principal financial centre during the late Qing dynasty, and its banks had branches all over the country!
Ok, here are the highlights.
Pingyao at night
Pingyao in the daytime
Ok, Pingyao can be nice in the day too, if you look past the hordes of (local) tourists and never-ending souvenir shops. Finding a good spot to take photos can be tough as you're constantly being jostled around by the crowds while trying to avoid being run-over by locals on bikes and trikes.
How phenomenal is that?
(Pingyao's premier bank in the Qing dynasty)
He is wondering if the streets of Pingyao are curved, or
does his lens have too much barrel distortion.
Yes, he's a bit of a nerd.