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“Good smaller museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling)

Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling)
Zhanjiawan Village, Xi'an, China
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Ranked #9 of 317 things to do in Xi'an
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The joint mausoleum of Emperor Jingdi and Empress Wang, his consort.
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“Good smaller museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

This was a great museum. We saw it after Terra Cotta Warriors, so you need to be prepared. TCW is huge and this is much smaller. You can walk over the tombs, and see how they are laid out. TCWarriors are full size, and these warriors are miniature, and do not have outfits on. However, there are animals as well, and a small museum with costumes and artifacts. It is on the way to the airport, and a great stop to or from. I think it is not to miss.

Visited April 2013
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“Terra cotta pig and sheep army”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We went to see this on our way to the station and it was well worth the three hours we spent there. This emperor was a man of peace and although he has warriors in his tomb they are more doll like that THE terra cotta warriors and he also had an army of pigs, sheep, cows and dancing girls.
It is fascinating to see and walk over the ongoing digging

Visited February 2013
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Tianjin, China
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“Have to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

My wife and I actually enjoyed this attraction more than any other in Xi'an. The site is readily accessible, but well preserved and protected. The variety and volume of artifacts is overwhelming. We were truly impressed.

Visited April 2013
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“The lesser emperor's tomb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Opposite to the First Emperor, this is a humbler times with hundreds of doll - size clay figurines and animals. The excavation site and museum and very well done- all protected with plexiglass. Archeologists will never run out of work here.

Visited March 2013
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“Getting as close to archaeology as possible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

This has been one of the most remarkable archaeological sites I have ever visited not for the rarity or age of finds, but much more for the opportunity to see the excavation preserved in its most obvious form: the moment of discovery.
The Han Yang Ling museum houses actual excavation sites preserved as found from the accompanying burial pits surrounding the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi.
You walk over the pits and at their side (at times just a meter or less away) and you can see various burial pits with hundreds of artefacts from various angles as they were found.
The site is still difficult to access from Xi'an (about one hour by car), but it is a short taxi ride from the International Airport. There are not the crowds that the Terracotta Warriors Museum and the 3 pits attract and it is a chance to appreciate archaeology and understand why it is important.
The authorities apparently hold exhibition excavations at the covered pit in the entrance which is great to imprint the value and excitement of the digs.
Tips: Take care to retain the paper receipt from your tickets to be allowed entry to the movie. It is meant to be quite good, but I cannot confirm.
As flash photography is not allowed and the lighting is low to protect the finds you may find that a sensitive to low lighting camera maybe useful to allow you to see the pits in greater detail afterwards.
Finally its worth checking out the museum shop which actually holds antics found in the surrounding areas (authenticated) as well as replicas of ancient finds.

Visited March 2013
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