Ancient City of Ping Yao



CountryChina
UNESCO RegionAsia and the Pacific
LocationPing Yao County, Shan Xi Province
CoordinatesN37 12 5.004 E112 9 15.984
Inscription Date1997
Property (ha)246
Buffer Zone (ha)96
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
Unesco Reference Number812
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/812
DescriptionPing Yao is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese city, founded in the 14th century. Its urban fabric shows the evolution of architectural styles and town planning in Imperial China over five centuries. Of special interest are the imposing buildings associated with banking, for which Ping Yao was the major centre for the whole of China in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
StatusWorld Heritage Site