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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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  • Really cool historical sight and close by the city. It’s amazing to think that this place has so much history and is in such a good condition so I would say a must see in this city. Skip the museum an...  more »
  • Dig that is completely unique in its kind. We didn't have time over all, but the first thing we came to was very interesting. A large area like a like to can use a lot of time. The Museum is also in the same place.
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  • Taking time in the mausoleum at the back can see tomb of two electric carts in and take a look. After groups of Chinese tourists or the back in a cart taking pictures at the entrance, on the left, people who enjoy the quiet, letting the thought in the age of the Western Xia.
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