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Nanjing Lane Money House
Release date:2016-04-21  Source::亳州外事办  Views:1614

Nanjing Lane Money House was listed as a key cultural relic protection unit by the people's government of Anhui Province. Situated in Nanjing Lane, Beiguan, the downtown of Bozhou, it was the former site of a rural financial institution with currencies as its object of management.

 

The earlier shareholders of the money houses were mainly a batch of big merchants, who were engaged in other businesses while investing on the money houses. They turned their profits of commercial capital into the interest-bearing capital, and provided short-term and circulating funds for their commercial activities with the deposits absorbed by the money house. In Daoguang 5th year (1825), Yuchengjiao and Taizhonghe money houses of Bozhou were famous near and far. In the end of the Qing Dynasty and beginning of the Republic of China, there were a total of 33 money houses of different sizes in the city. The capital of each money house (also called money shop or exchange shop at that time) was above 20,000 Yuan. And conducting affiliated business by cooperating with money houses in other cities such as Shanghai, Bengbu and Pingyao, they were also engaged in transfer and exchange of funds.

 

Nanjing Lane Money House was a three-row quadrangle courtyard with a width of three rooms, consisting of more than 30 architectures such as hallway, main hall, central nave, back hall, cashier's office, the accountant's office, mail room, the shopkeeper's office and kitchen. It integrated Chinese and Western architecture styles, with an orderly, natural and reasonable layout and well preserved. Today it is a "Museum of Money Houses", which was opened to the public in 1999. In the museum is exhibited the emergence, development and extinction of money houses in Bozhou, which is of important values for researches of the history of modern money houses and shop buildings.

 

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