Ming and Qing Street
Situated in the center of Shanxi Province, Ping Yao looks much the same today as it did during the period of the Ming and Qing dynasties, when it was a bustling economic center in feudal China. Beginning in the early 19th century, the city served as an important gathering place for business people in Shanxi Province.
Ming and Qing Street is the main commercial street in Ping Yao. It is also called "South Street" or "Nan Da Jie." It is said that it was the "Wall Street of China" in the past, and today it keeps the antique charm of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. This ancient street is 440 meters long, running from north to south down the center of the city, directly between the City government building and the Cheng Huang temple. A variety of businesses are located along the street. It is divided into the south street and the north street by the City Building. The styles of the shops are similar but not duplicates. The biggest antique market in Shanxi is located along the street.
In addition to souvenirs, tourists will enjoy sampling some of the numerous local snacks offered there including, noodles, specially seasoned beef, as well as tasty Wantuo. It is a perfect place to discover the antique charm of the Ming and Qing dynasties.