Nine tombs of Western Xia kings and more than 140 companion tombs buried with the remains of major imperial family members and aristocrats arelaid out according to the contours of the terrain in an area of 50 km² on the eastern side of Helan Shan. Each tomb was an independent architectural complex more than 100,000 m² in area, which was complete with turrets, archways, stele pavilion, outer wall, inner city, memorial hall, pagoda-shaped altar, and divine wall. It is one of the largest and best protected imperial cemeteries in China.
Western Xia, dynasty in China, 1038 to 1227 AD. w:Western_Xia
From Tourists bus station on Xinyue Square (新月广场; xinyue guangchang), Yinchuan, close to crossing Beijing street and Qinghe street in center, right next to Yinchuan Islamic center (银川清真美食文化城). Bus leaves at 9AM, ¥8, takes one hour to the Park. Then 2 hours time for visit, going back also for ¥8.
A 20-minute taxi ride from Yinchuan costs around ¥100 return, including waiting time.
Fees and permits
Entrance: ¥60, student ¥30. Bus from bus station ¥8 one way. Toilet ¥1 near to entrance or free 100 m in forest. Free toilets are also available in the museum building once you've paid to enter.
You don't have to enter the park. Walk about 2 km in direction from where you came with bus, than you can see tombs for free.
- The Xi Xia Mausoleum Xi Xia Tombs are in the middle section of the eastern slope of the Helan Mountain, 30 west of Yinchuan. It has been declared as one of the state-level scenic spot and major national cultural monument under special protection.
- Museum (博物馆)
- Art museum (艺术馆)
- Forest of Steles (碑林)
- Third Tomb (三号陵遗址)