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Pingyao Ancient Government Office

Center of the County, Pingyao County 030000, China
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Well worth a look round with a guide. See the administrative buildings, the jail and the ghoulish... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2017
John F
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Prison is Cool

I am a sucker for looking at old prison conditions. This is only a small part of this attraction... read more

Reviewed 14 June 2017
Dalian, China
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Center of the County, Pingyao County 030000, China
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Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Well worth a look round with a guide. See the administrative buildings, the jail and the ghoulish exhibitions of restraint, torture and death. See the governor's residence and temples. The performance is a short and humorous reenactment of a trial before the governor- well worth...More

Thank John F
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

I am a sucker for looking at old prison conditions. This is only a small part of this attraction, but worth a look. I particularly enjoyed the display of torture tools they show you. Much of the rest is looking at offices, which is okay.

Thank Harding2096
Reviewed 5 June 2017

The complex is big and and it gives one a very good view of how the government ruled in ancient times. Everything is logical situated. I partically enjoyed the public bathrooms and the squares, where you can sit and relax a bit.

Thank paukie
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Quite a crowded attraction. In fact, we were going to visit early in the day, but the queue to get in was a bit too long so we waited until after lunch. It was well worth the wait. Extensive buildings including a prison (as well...More

Thank GerMar60
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Mickey preserved but a little bit crowded. Interesting to see how they use to run things. Make sure you go see the prison or jail.

Thank Derreck T
Reviewed 29 October 2016

The former gov office on Yamen St is originally built in 1346, completed with bells and whistles, and a karaoke, prison and residence as well.

Thank Irene E
Reviewed 1 October 2016

A useful onsite into how the town was administered in the past. Well presented and layer out and not too crowded when we went.

Thank davemartin3
Reviewed 29 September 2016

This museum is good however you need a private guide to fully appreciate it, otherwise you will look at things and have absolutely no idea what they are or what they were used for as there are very few western translations. With a guide you...More

Thank latestfilly
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Fairly interesting compound. Has your old court rooms and jail, complete with examples of gruesome sentences of punishment. Certainly different from your temple fare ... Best with a guide - to get the most out of what your seeing and how it all worked back...More

Thank bransom_13
Reviewed 14 July 2016

I would rate this as one of the top 3 things to see in Pingyao included in the 3 day ticket. I've been many places in China and haven't see something like this before. It's a huge complex where you can see things like the...More

Thank treasejessica
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