Museum of Armed Escort Of China

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Museum of Armed Escort of China is located on south street, in a traditional Pingyao property. Basically, this museum exhibits comprehensive history of Armed Escort business during Ming and Qing dynasties of China.

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China Armed Escort Museum
China Armed Escort Museum

It describes the important of armed escort related to major financial businesses in China. Without armed escort's protection, a lot of Chinese could not run their business smoothly to transport silver, gold, and valuable articles from one place to another. In this business, a good armed escort company must have good bodyguards to continue and support the business. The museum also highlights top 10 bodyguards during Ming and Qing dynasties in Pingyao, and the kungfu techniques they had to defense their enemies.

In one of the pictures with a Chinese word "Zhong" means devoted, loyal and honest. It was a motivation word that displays in their courtyard. Interesting training place for arrow.

Qiao Family Courtyard
Qiao Family Courtyard

Reviews of Armed Escort Museum & Tongxinggong Armed Escort

The China Armed Escort Company Museum, at No. 61 Nan Dajie, is based on the original site of the security firm in the Ming and Qing dynasties. It features the development history of the armed escort and the largest ten escort companies in China and the lives of the ten most famous armed escorts in the Min-Qing dynasties (1368-1911). It provides the valuable data and objects fro the study of the development of different martial arts schools such as Xingyi Quan (free-mind punch), Changquan (long punch), Dantui (leg flicking boxing), and the use of weapons such as the long spear and short sword and so on.

China Armed Escort Museum
China Armed Escort Museum

Museum of Tongxinggong Armed Escort is located on the south street, which was one of the famous Armed Escorts in China. This museum highlights the history, the founder, progressive business development of Tongxinggong Armed Escort.

Martial Art Master, Wang Zheng Qing, established Tongxinggong Armed Escort in 1855. He was originally from Southern Zhuang, Shanxi Province, went to Beijing to learn martial art or Kungfu when we was 16 years old. Gradually, he became a famous martial art's master in Beijing, and developed armed escort business in Pingyao. With the help of his son Wang Shu Mo, the business grow very well under his supervision. Due to his famous name in Beijing, Tongxinggong was one of the well-known armed escorts in China.

Great backyard, Kungfu training square with displaying Kungfu techniques.

China Armed Escort Museum
China Armed Escort Museum

Founded in 1885, Ancient Security Guard Company(also known as Biaoju in Chinese), is the only private organization of armed escort in Pingyao's history and one of two most famous during the Ming and Qing dynasty.

Exterior of Security Guard Museum Lots of Tools used for Guarding Transportation

The preserved company building is now a museum which offers an eye-opening insight into the significant role played by armed escorts in promoting commerce. The economic boom under the Ming and Qing dynasties meant a lot of cash moving from one area to the next. To avoid thieving hands, Pingyao's wise and thoughtful merchants left their cash passed all the way safely in the professional hands of the security company.

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