Street scene in Pingyao city, Shanxi Province. Few cities in China evoke the distant past like Pingyao, with its imposing gray walls, earthen lanes, and open-front shops. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
One of only a handful of towns and cities in China surrounded by their original walls, Pingyao, in Shanxi Province, was accorded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1997. Significant restoration work has been accomplished to provide visitors with