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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.
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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