Pingyao, China

Explore the Zhangbi Ancient Castle in Pingyao

Zhangbi Ancient Castle in Pingyao, with an area of only 2,000 square meters, is a rare kind of well-preserved miniature castle yet owns complete functions as a city with defense system, housing ancient tunnels, temples, palaces, monuments, etc. It is the only castle relics in China with dual-usage for both military and residential purposes which uniquely composes of many different parts including dwellings, production, religion and armed sections. The castle itself looks very normal in the outside like many other ancient Chinese architectures but conceals a large-scale, maze-like underground world, an imposing three-layer tunnel network which provides a deep insight into the ancient defenses. This amazing ancient military system surely arouses the historic and cultural interests of any visitors here as a wonderful storyteller still remaining mysterious by its precious values. The castle is also adorned with many other ancient treasures such as historic remains, tombs, ancient temples and dwellings, theatre stages, etc, which give an comprehensive overview of Pingyao's history in the ancient time. With its distinctive highlights, Zhangbi Ancient Castle deserve to be a must-visit place for travelers when in Pingyao.

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