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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. Put Western Xia Tombs into our Yinchuan trip itinerary maker website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Yinchuan.
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  • This place was quite interesting lots of things to see but it was a bit kitch some bits in English if you wanted to stand and read for a while covers a very large area a fare bit of walking and a fare...  more »
  • I have visited here so many times in the past 20 years and was a bid surprised to find their ticket price has increased so much. Value of money to visit here is not much, frankly speaking.  more »
  • Is the Kingdom of Yasushi's Inoue novel 'Tun' is renowned, but flourished from the 11th century until the 13th century. Entrance is written in the Western Xia and the interesting.
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