|Western Xia Imperial Tombs|
Located at the eastern end of the Helan Mountain Range, 30 km west of Yinchuan, the Western Xia Imperial Tombs (西夏王陵) cover an area of 53 square kilometers. Known as the "Eastern Pyramids," the site includes nine imperial mausoleums and 250 tombs of imperial relatives and officials. The tombs glitter gloriously under the bright sun.
The Western Xia Dynasty existed from 1038 to 1227 in the area now covered by the northwestern Chinese provinces of Ningxia, Gansu, eastern Qinghai, northern Shaanxi, northeastern Xinjiang, and southwestern Inner Mongolia. Tombs of the imperial family embody the culture of Tang (618–907) and Song (960–1279) Dynasties and were also strongly influenced by Buddhism.
The scenic spot is one of the largest and best preserved imperial mausoleums in China. In 1988, it is recognized as a key cultural heritage site under State protection and a national key scenic spot.
1. If you don't want to walk around, you can take battery-powered cars at a cost of five yuan;
2. There is a huge parking lot at the site;
3. There are many restaurants.
Opening hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (from Apr. to Oct.)
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (from Jan - Mar, Nov – Dec.)
Admission: 60 Yuan (including the Third tomb and the Western Xia Museum)
How to get there: 1: by bus: from Nanmen (South Gate) Bus Station, Beimen (North Gate) Bus Station, the price is 8 Yuan;
2. Self-drive car via Highway 110.
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