Back in May, I visited Pingyao in Shanxi province. In the Qing Dynasty period, Pingyao was a centre of private banking, so there was a lot of cash, gold & silver coming and going – which of course needed to be guarded. The compounds of two caravan guard companies are still open as museums, with another martial art museum as well. Interestingly, there seemed to be a very strong emphasis on xingyi and bagua.
I thought I had accidentally deleted all of my pictures of these museums, but I’ve managed to find them again; I’ll gradually post some of them as I have time.