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Western Xia Tombs, Yinchuan

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Cemetery Historic Site
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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  • A very hot day to walk/travel from Tomb to tomb, make sure drink lots of water or can choose a cooler month to visit  more »
  • Well, history and culture, and guided tours of the very carefully, so that you understand the prosperity of the Western Xia dynasty to collapse! Like human history can visit the visit!
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  • Breakfast variety was richer, Western, Japanese, Chinese, local delicacies, taste was good, staff closed child greetings softly I breeze, generally in line with the five-star hotel standards, especially praising noodle master is very good. Bananas in a tough position hanging on the rack is very cute, reminds us that this is the hospitality of the Northwest.
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