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The Western Xia Tombs are a well-known travel site. It is located at the eastern foot of Helan Mountain, close to Yinchuan City in Ningxia Autonomous Region, measuring 10 kilometers north to south, 4 kilometers east to west; the Mausoleum contains the tombs of emperors of the Western Xia. There are eight tumuli and over 70 annex tombs in this area. And the tumulus each has an independent group of buildings, encircled by a wall with an entrance gate in each direction.

Encompassing more than 100 thousand square meters, they are tombs of 193 high officials, generals and aristocrats of the ancient kingdom of Western Xia. The mausoleum is one of the largest and best preserved imperial graveyards in China, unique not only in structure but also in their sheer sizes and close proximity to each other. There is a seven-layered solid pagoda in height of 22 meters and in shape of octagon, with each side measuring 12 meters in length, positioned 10 meters west of the vertical line of each mausoleum, which is also graced with two to

three stele pavilions. The boundaries of each mausoleum are marked with four corner turrets, a unique feature of Western Xia mausoleums. The main tomb is believed to be that of Li Yuanhao, and all the tombs have a stairway or sloping path down to their coffin pits. Through poor maintenance and heavy erosion most of the buildings are now fairly dilapidated, made from crumbling brown earth and scattered across the plain. Here's some guide information in your travel of The Western Xia Tombs : Address: Helan Mountain, Yinchuan City, Ningxia Province. Contact number: 0086-0951-6119581 Admission Fee:CNY60 Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00

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