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February 10, 2002 
A lantern hangs on a tower overlooking the ancient city of Pingyao in
Shanxi province as the city prepares... 
Pingyao, China - Peoples Republic of 
LANTERN HANGS ON A TOWER OVERLOOKING THE ANCIENT CITY OF PINGYAO. 
A lantern hangs on a tower overlooking the ancient city of Pingyao in
Shanxi province as the city prepares to celebrate the Lunar Chinese New
Year, the Year of the Horse, February 10, 2002. Pingyao, a thriving
merchant town and china's financial headquarters 200 years ago during
the Qing dynasty, is surrounded by a completely intact 6 km-long and
450-year-old Ming dynasty-era city wall. The city, which dates back
2,700 years, has preserved most of its Ming and Qing dynasty houses and
streets. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World heritage Site in 1997.
REUTERS/Andrew Wong

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