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Old town breathes with antiquity

By Akhil Parashar (chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2015-06-21 09:12 Comments

Old town breathes with antiquity

Photo of Pingyao, Shanxi province. Akhil Parashar / For chinadaily.com.cn

The first thing that caught my eye was the architecture. The Old Town of Pingyao is a compact complex of buildings that includes old fortress walls, streets and lanes, shops, dwellings and temples. The houses are half-covered, with many roofs built as single slopes. Windows facing the street were not opened, perhaps as a defense against the rare sandstorm.

I was astonished to see how well-preserved it all is. The town positively breathes with antiquity. Its layout reflects perfectly the development in architectural style and urban planning of Han cities over more than five centuries.

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