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Western Xia Tombs, Yinchuan

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#1 of 15 in Historic Sites in Ningxia
Across the 50 sq km (19.3 sq mi) site where Western Xia Tombs lie, you'll witness the remains of an intriguing and mysterious lost civilization. Reminiscent of gigantic beehives, nine earthen mausoleums pepper the landscape (alongside 250 smaller examples), holding the remains of the imperial leaders of the Western Xia, alongside bizarre sculptures, seemingly depicting kneeling, feminine warriors. Between the 11th and 13th centuries, the empire was powerful and prosperous, but was vanquished by the Mongol armies that violently worked their way across the landscape from the north. Currently a frontier of historical research, the first mausoleum was excavated in 1972, although very little is currently understood about the people who built it. Infrequent signage comes in simple English, but the real attraction is the surreal aspect of this structures set on the desolate landscape. Consider bringing along a picnic and eating among the strange structures. To visit Western Xia Tombs on your holiday in Yinchuan, and find out what else Yinchuan has to offer, use our Yinchuan holiday planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Visited the Western Xia Tombs while during a one month stay in Yinchuan. Spectacular desert scenery with the Helan mountains as a backdrop. Checking out the museum before seeing the tombs provided a g...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    It's a must to visit the museum gallery after visiting the tombs to get a clearer picture on how big is the real tomb compound. Go after 3pm when the weather is a bit cooling and to avoid tourists.  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    Before the participants view the sixi King mausoleums, xixia Museum can first go to the Museum, are solutions says staff 導 認 xixia dynasty cultural relics show, after having to 3 Park 憑 di Emperor mausoleum Archaeological site. Which are most impressed by is the tomb of Gao long Tower 賀 because other mountain background, Hirano photogenic quite prominent.
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