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Western Xia Tombs, Yinchuan

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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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  • The Western Xia Tombs are famous. Now they are on the Yinchuan Starbucks mugs, but if you do not speak and read Chinese visiting them isn't going to be that interesting unless you enjoy looking at lar...  more »
  • 距离市区很远,但是好在有旅游专线,这个很不错,在悦海公园附近坐车,路上很快,取得时候正是五一,人也还行,有耳机讲解,很不错,可以随心所欲,走走停停,陵墓相隔很远,走的有点累,当然也可以做车,但是出来玩不实这样么。碑林不错,,感兴趣的可以看看  more »
  • 十一去银川旅游,觉得很多景区都是坑,管理混乱,有些连工作人员都找不到!惟独西夏博物馆,做得非常好,会分批组织入馆参观的游人,给配解说员讲解,带着走,一边走一边讲,耐心又负责。其他的工作人员也都很好,总的来说,是这次我去银川旅游的景区里面管理工作做得最好的,是一个了解西夏历史文化的好地方。  more »