Pingyao Ancient Government Office

A combo ticket of Ancient Pingyao City costs CNY 125 and includes a visit to the Ancient Government Office.
Free for Children under 1.2m (3.9 feet).

Opening Hours
Mar. – Nov.: 8:00 – 18:00
Dec. – Feb.: 8:00 – 17:30

Situated at the heart of Pingyao’s ancient city, the Government Office stands as a testament to the administrative prowess of past dynasties. Originally constructed during the North Wei Dynasty and expanded during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, this historic edifice boasts a rich history spanning over 600 years.

As the primary administrative hub of feudal China, the Government Office played a pivotal role in governance, serving as the seat of justice and upholding the public’s trust. Within its hallowed halls, visitors can explore the intricate workings of the legal system, with displays showcasing various forms of cruel torture and ancient jails. Engaging demonstrations offer insights into the judicial process, allowing guests to witness how governors settled lawsuits in ancient times.

Comprising three distinct sections, the expansive complex includes a judicial hall, screen wall, archway, and living quarters, among other functional zones. Each area is meticulously designed to reflect its intended purpose, offering visitors a glimpse into the inner workings of a royal palace.

From its imposing architecture to its immersive exhibits, the Government Office stands as a microcosm of feudal governance, preserving the customs and traditions of a bygone era. As a cultural treasure within Pingyao’s ancient city, it continues to captivate visitors with its rich heritage and enduring legacy.

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