Western Xia Imperial Tombs
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The Western Xia Imperial Tombs are 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) west of Yinchuan on east side of Helan Mountain. Since June 1972, nine imperial tombs and 253 lesser tombs have been unearthed, which are as grand as Ming Tombs in Beijing. With a total area of more than 50 square kilometers (19.3 square miles), it is unique among royal burials. The layout is patterned after the celestial bodies.
According to records, the Western Xia Imperial Tombs were patterned after Song Tombs in Gongxian County, Henan Province. They adopted the zhao-mu burial system (the father is zhao, son is mu while grandson is zhao again.). East line and west line are formed from south to north with zhao on the left and mu on the right. Each imperial tomb is an individual and integrated group of architectures, sitting north and facing south in a rectangle.
The Western Xia Imperial Tombs are not only a state cultural heritage but also a state scenic spot. The magnificent labyrinth and the continuous Mt. Helan and boundless desert are definitely worth visiting.
1. There are two buses from Yinchuan Beimen Tourism Bus Station to the scenic area at 8:30 and 9:30, and the returning buses depart at 13:30 and 15:30.
How to get to Western Xia Imperial Tombs
2. From Apr. 20 to Oct. 20, the tourist bus line 1 runs from Xinyue Square to Western Xia Imperial Tombs at 9:00 and 9:30, and the returning buses depart at 13:30 and 14:00.
|Entrance Fee||CNY 75; |
Free for children under 1.2m (3.9 feet).
|Round-trip Sightseeing Bus||CNY 20; |
Free for children under 1.2m.
|Opening Hours||May - Oct.: 8:00 - 18:30 |
Nov. - Apr.: 8:00 - 17:00
- Last modified on Aug. 13, 2018 -