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Address: Center of the County, Pingyao County 030000, China
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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.

Reviewed 30 October 2016
Irene E
New York City, New York

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 30 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
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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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
West Yorkshire
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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 can fully appreciate the museum which is actually quite good, probably the best in Pingyao...

Thank latestfilly
Chantilly, Virginia
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Reviewed 10 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 in the day.

Thank bransom_13
Zhengzhou, China
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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 jail, the god of the jail, where they held trails, and more. You can also... More 

Thank treasejessica
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Reviewed 28 May 2016

The Pingyao Ancient Government Office is fascinating with a guide. So if you plan a visit, think of getting yourself one. Without the Chinese language it could end up being relatively less engaging. The place gives an insight into the judicial system in semi-feudal China. There are periodic re-enactments of a trial (in Chinese).

Thank Ashok-Seenu
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Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

There is the courtroom, prison, interrogation room and execution ground. Hardly a "government office" in modern translation. Dont miss the good curation in the side wings

1 Thank femmemme
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Reviewed 24 June 2015

Lots to see and do here. There's even daily shows (see photo) re-inacting an old Court Trial. Make sure you arrive early to get to the front for the best views. The Torture museum is also very interesting with, amongst others, a rare original photo showing a male Eunuch after his bits were removed (our Tour-Guide told us about this... More 

1 Thank Daniel P
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 30 May 2015

It included in the ticket ($120). It seemes that I was in a movie taking scense when I was there. There is a show repeatly running daily. Check the showing time and have a look.

Thank hamdan268
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Reviewed 25 March 2015

Don't miss this place, even if you stay only one day in Pingyao. If you are lucky, you may also see the re-enactment of a trial, very entertaining.

Thank Seasondtraveller

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