Western Xia Imperial Tombs
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马亚楠
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Aug 2022
The tomb of the King of Xixia, located at the foot of Helan Mountain, is the only remaining historical site in China. There are hundreds of mounds scattered throughout the area. According to historical records, there are nine emperors left by the King of Xixia, and hundreds of empresses, princes and ministers buried in it
The tomb of the King of Xixia, located at the foot of Helan Mountain, is the only remaining historical site in China. There are hundreds of mounds scattered throughout the area. According to historical records, there are nine emperors left by the King of Xixia, and hundreds of empresses, princes and ministers buried in it
Written 17 November 2022
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jing M
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Jun 2022
When traveling to Yinchuan, there are many worthy places for you to visit.
I first recommend you to visit the tomb of the King of the Western Xia Dynasty. It is influenced by various styles, such as the Han Dynasty and Buddhist culture.
There you can see the vast desert, the broken bricks, you can feel the ancient history and culture in the imperial mausoleum of the Western Xia Dynasty.
There are still some mysterious legends about the royal tombs of the Western Xia Dynasty, and people are still exploring this place.
Come to Yinchuan, please come to the Western Xia royal mausoleum, feel the ancient culture.
Written 17 November 2022
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RLO721
Singapore, Singapore83 contributions
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Oct 2021
The site itself is very impressive -- the tombs cover an area which is vast and geographically striking. The "skyline" of tombs in a sparse, desert landscape might remind you of a mini version of Bagan in Myanmar, although you should not go there expecting anything nearly as impressive as Bagan.

This is China of course and, unlike in Myanmar, you aren't allowed to walk and meander around by yourself (ostensibly this is to help preserve the tombs). It seems there is only one small portion of the complex which visitors are allowed to visit, and you cannot go inside any of the tombs at all.

The adjacent museum is vast and actually very good, with informative explanations in English. You'll probably end up spending more time in the museum than at the tombs themselves. The super modern museum and visitor center gives one the impression that this place is preparing for mass level tourism which hasn't yet arrived (I went during China's National Day holiday; while not empty, the crowds were certainly not overwhelming).

It is worth noting that it seems that motst people visit the Tombs in the morning as a part of a full-day trip in the Helan Mountain region, and avoid visiting in the evening for superstitious reasons. However, if your itinerary allows it, you should plan to visit during sunset, as it makes for great picture taking!

Yinchuan city itself is a rather underwhelming, so the Western Xia Tombs are easily the highlight, and can be combined conveniently with a trip to wineries and/or hiking trails in the mountain, although you would realistically probably need your own transport.
Written 8 October 2021
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Andrew S
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Apr 2021 • Solo
Great museum before actually going out to view the tombs. Very informative. Learned about the culture and way of life back in that era.
Written 22 April 2021
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needasinecure
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Nov 2019 • Couples
First, remember to bring your passport or you may not be able to buy a ticket.

This was my first visit to the Xixia museum, which has recently opened replacing the old Xixia Tombs museum. This modern museum presents the origins, history, artifacts and main achievements of this unique kingdom.

The museum was surprisingly well curated and organized. The management seems quite committed to introducing and explaining the Xixia.

The tour of the tombs was both quite satisfying and informative.

There are different tickets but we bought the combo ticket which includes a film presentation, entry to the museum, and a bus tour and transportation to the Xixia mausoleum #3.
Written 17 November 2019
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WorldGlutton
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Sept 2019
From the city of Yinchuan, it took us 45 mins drive on tour bus to arrive at Xi Xia Mausoleum, which is the Imperial cemetery of Xi Xia Kingdom.
Xi Xia or Western Xia was a dynasty situated at this North Western region of ancient China during 1038 to 1227 B.C. The burial ground over an area of 50 sq km, several upstanding stone tablets with inscriptions in both English & Chinese language.

It was recorded that No.3 Tomb belongs to First Emperor Li Yuanhao of Xi xia Kingdom. There are 9 mausolea and 250 attendant tombs. This site was destroyed during the Mongolian Conquest of Xi Xia, but its major historical and cultural monuments are now under State protection. Efforts are underway to secure & preserve the remaining tombs.

Xi Xia Museum is located within Royal Imperial Graveyard but it is a far walk, thus some prefers to ride on the battery car for the tour.

Museum has collections on fine works from Xi Xia’s history , culture, religious art ,social economy, the mausoleum , conservation & inheritance. Through the exhibits of objects , charts, photographs ,creative painting ,sculpture, sand table scene and multi media presentation, it indeed gives travelers a vivid description of the History of Xi Xia Dynasty .

History of this Western Xia Kingdom was not recorded in the formal Chinese history because Ghenzhis Khan decreed that no memory of the Xi Xia should remain after he executed the whole Xi Xia clan after his army finally conquered the kingdom.

We did not have time to walk around the whole Art Gallery, nevertheless it is no doubt an educational and interesting experience to have visited the poorly understood era of Western Xia Dynasty.
Written 21 October 2019
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masterman2
Hong Kong, China277 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Couples
And, if the weather is sunny, bring the sun protection gears. The 2 km hike to the tomb tower has no shelters, and after the sightseeing you have to walk all the way back.Do visit the informative museum before you visit the site. The museum is free but the #D movie cost you 60 RMB extra, which I think is not worth seeing, Check the Yinchuen bus time carefully, there are only TWO service per day, unless you use the taxis service.
Finally remember its the desert, and it is very hot, so BRING lots of water.
Written 23 July 2019
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Donna V
Melbourne, Australia127 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Friends
I have visited most provinces in China and in Ningxia I chose the Xia Tombs as my main destination. I can definitely say that it is worth the visit due to the expanse of mountains, the rugged landscape and dryness, the tombs are of course outstanding and it is so unique. Also, not like the rest of China's main tourist areas, there are no people! amazing!! but really worth the visit. I combined this with a trip to the rock carvings and it makes a great down out. You need a good safe driver to take you from Yinchuan to the tombs and then onto the Helan mountain rock carvings, it is voer 200km round trip. I booked Mr Liu phone +86 189 0951 0856 he was excellent,safe, helpful and also took me too and from the airport. He doesn't have any english so you need some chinese speaking person to help you with the details. but would highly recommend him as driver. Also note that when you arrive and do the museum then a bus takes you around the park and drops you at tomb 3, the biggest. But then we rode bicycles to tomb 1 and 2, it is a 5km ride, no one else did it and we were on our own. Totally worth to go and explore and find the other two tombs but keep an eye on the weather we got caught in a storm and it was a bit scary for a while!! you can rent bikes at the little shop near tomb 3
Written 26 May 2019
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LarsRo
Malmö, Sweden565 contributions
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Nov 2018 • Friends
This is the ruins of tombs built about thousand years ago in during the Western Xia empire (also called the Tan gut empire). The tombs have been partially excavated and many of the artefacts are on display in the adjacent museum. The tombs themselves are heavily eroded. This is one of the places close to Yichuan that is most worthwhile visiting.
Written 5 November 2018
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Chinagirl
Greater Wellington, New Zealand403 contributions
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Oct 2018 • Friends
Fascinating Tombs from what was the old city. Located on the city side, West side, of Helan Mountain. An easy drive from Yinchuan, around 30-40 mins. Worth the drive. And make sure you also visit the Xixia Museum, it’s very interesting of the Xixia people living here during these times.
Written 15 October 2018
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