Western Xia Tombs – 西夏王陵
The Western Xia tombs (often called Chinese Pyramid’s) is a term that either scares us or attracts us. While many people try to stir clear from burial sites, it is, undeniably, a historical footprint. In China, where history dates back thousands of years, and it is a contribution to the human civilization can not ever be described in words, there are places like the Western Xia Tombs in Yinchuan that are less well known, however, not least fascinating. If you are planning to visit China or the Ningxia area in search for Yinchuan Attractions, the West Xia Imperial Tombs must catch your attention and make it to the top list of things to see when you are there. Spread across an area of more than 50 kilometers (19.3 square miles), it is an unparalleled entombment place among all other royal burials. These tombs portray relics of an inner square, roads, courtyards, wells and houses. While the idea of visiting a cemetery may scare off some of the western travelers, I can assure you that this place has nothing to do with a classical cemetery, as you know it. The Western Xia dynasty, which is often also referred to as “Tangut Empire”, existed between the year 1038 and 1227, when it was conquered by the Mongols under Genghis Khan.
The Western Xia Empire and the Western Xia Tombs have eluded many 20th century explorers..
The Western Xia Empire and the Western Xia Tombs have eluded many 20th century explorers, including Pyotr Koslov and Aurel Stein. However, it was first reported by Wulf-Dieter Graf zu Castell who photographed the area by lane and published his book “Chinaflug“ in 1938. To this day, even for the chinese explorer, the Xia Empire remains a mysterious empire.
UNESCO is calling the Western Xia Imperial Tombs “the best-preserved cultural heritage representing the Tangut civilization.”
Those of us, who are fascinated by Chinese culture, know the importance of Ningxia area and its’ history. Since it’s located 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) west of Yinchuan, you cannot reach there by foot, and the only way to ensure you do not miss this tourists attraction is to either hire a car, a taxi or avail of the buses that will take you every day to the tombs area from Yinchuan Tourism Bus Station. It’s also a good idea to read more about the history of the Western Xia Tombs before visiting this attraction site, to make sure you come prepared and identify every important monument on your journey. Make your next trip to Yinchuan original and unforgettable, you will be astonished by what you will see!
If you have any further question about the Western Xia Tombs or other attractions in Yinchuan than please don’t hesitate to contact me by e-mail: andreas(at)yinchuan.de.