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Locations of Taiyuan and Pingyao, the main international airports Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and the sites of post-conference long-distance tour in China

Pingyaolocated in Northern China, is 600km from the Capital Beijing and 1300km from Shanghai. It is a well-preserved ancient county-level city in China with about 2700 years of history. Ping Yao is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese city, its urban fabric reveal 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 center for the whole of China in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The ancient city of Pingyao was listed as National Historical and Cultural City of China in 1986 and listed as World Cultural Heritage in 1997.

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Commercial street

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Traditional residence of the ancient city


  • International Council on Monuments and Sites- International Committee on Vernacular Architecture (ICOMOS-CIAV)
  • International Council on Monuments and Sites- International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage (ICOMOS-ISCEAH)
  • Chinese National Committee for the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS CHINA)
  • World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (WHITRAP Shanghai)
  • The Academic Committee of Historical and Cultural City Planning, the Urban Planning Society of China (ACHCCP-UPSC)
  • Committee of Urban and Rural Built Heritage-ASC (CURBH-ASC)
  • Tongji University, CHINA

Academic Supporting Partners

  • Urban Planning Society of China
  • Architectural Society of China
  • Heritage Architecture
  • Built Heritage


  • Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design InstituteCO.,LTD.
  • Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.(TJAD)


  • Pingyao County CPC Committee
  • Pingyao County People’s Government




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