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Western Xia Tombs, Yinchuan

Categories: Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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3.6/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
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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  • Buddhist art nice, well-preserved cultural relics were displayed. The height of culture at the time, I felt, in the prosperous West summer era in yinchuan area.
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  • The tomb is by 50 min far from Yinchuan downtown by bus. There is a museum telling story about the local kingdom of Yinchuan and Ningxia 'Xixia dynasty' there, also the structure outside and inside th...  read more »
  • Past the entrance we brings you in small open bus until to the Museum of the place which looks not bad d antiques and the history of the Xia by a beautiful fresco of characters and landscapes... While Chinese but there can be a multimedia system in English? Extensive site raised very then opening on the site of the graves in him even... Nice, a bit poor but beautiful colors in the late afternoon on a background of the mountain has the West of Yinchuan a beautiful ballad nevertheless
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