Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling)

Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling)

Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling)
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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The joint mausoleum of Emperor Jingdi and Empress Wang, his consort.
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Luis C
Doha, Qatar121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
Agree reading all the reviews, we decided to go to this amazing place. We booked a Didi, cost around 90 RMB. Then, the driver dropped us closer to the exhibition hall, that than the underground museum.
We payed low season tickets (55 RMB) and weren't into the Exhibition hall. It was worth as the items there are nicely displayed, no English, thou. From there, we walked for about 12 minutes to the underground museum, and y mausoleum. The underground museum takes you right in front of the excavation. Then, walked around the Hill/Tomb, and reached the tower (East?). Reached there with little to see, yet interesting.
I completely recommend this place as a must.
There were maybe 10 people around all of the four main places.
We felt like the white place was there for us only.
Written December 26, 2020
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ceetom1
California482 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Came here after visiting the terracotta warriors site. The entire site is located underground with many of the relics dating back hundreds of years. For this who have an appreciation for historical artifacts, this is a good place to visit together with the warriors site. Some of the areas could have been better lit up for visibility but still a worth a visit.
Written January 10, 2020
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Timothy R
46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Getting there, Number 4 bus from outside exit D at station Shitushuguan station on the metro line 2. Cost 2 Rmb, travel time 40 minutes. This bus is dedicated to this run and these two points are the terminal ends of the run. This is one run you really do not want to go by taxi, there are toll roads/bridges and the costs can get nasty. Particularly when there is a trans-lingual argument about who is paying for what.
Put simply, it's not worth the pain, take the bus.

Times 7 days a week are:-
Outbound: 8:30, 10:20, 12:00 13:40, 15:20, 17:00
Return: 9:30, 11:10, 12:50 14:30 16:10 18:00

It's one bus, same driver, he has rest breaks at both ends which is a good idea.
The bus leaves on time.
Miss the 18:00 and you might find a taxi but it's doubtful!!!!!
The times are posted at the bus stop at the site, but not at the metro station end.

Having arrived, there is a big board outside that has an up to date map of the layout of the place. On one side in English on the other Chinese. Take a photo, as the map on the back of the ticket is missing some roads/paths.

The tickets are 80Rmb each, no apparent half price for age or students.
Once you get your ticket head for the underground section first. Which is up the square, first right and follow your nose.

If your expecting bright lights and clear picture opportunities like the terracotta warriors think again, the lighting is subdued to say the least and flash is strictly forbidden which is enforced actively. Given the amount of glass a flash is like a beacon for every security guard. The glass is also a nightmare with reflections and focusing for photographs, However it is fascinating to see the dig trenches etc.

As you exit the dark, there is a small cinema, it shows a 20 minute docu-drama with a narrator. The show seems to run every hour, but I guess this increases when busy.
The cost is 10Rmb and you can get translation headphones for English, French and German. Be aware that the film will still give audio in Chinese, so you may well spend some time pressing the earphones to your ears. But it's worth while to get the background story etc...

Don't give up, there are a couple of hidden gems to walk to.

Once you exit the building you are located at one of the corners of the square based pyramid mound of the emperors mausoleum. Take the right path and go round the mound until you see the South Gate. It looks like a badly maintained 2000's mock Chinese gate. It is, but inside are the remains of the original gate and a lot of interesting explanations and pictures of the site and other similar places.

Exit the south gate building as if you had walked straight through and walk down the road under the current main traffic road, keep going for about 150 metres and there is a cross roads. To your left is a road with a off yellow surface colour. Take this road and walk towards to site is the distance, ( 300 M). This is the 'Plentius' or something like that, it's covered in again at the moment but in it's day was very significant. There are some sheltered areas and diagrammatic explanations, unfortunately English hasn't made it out to this structure.

With your backs to the shelters take the path opposite, across the 'Plentius', basically as if you turn left when you arrived. The path meets a road as a T junction turn right.
After a 90 degree right bend take the left turn. Move to the left, off the road and onto the path, (it's cooler in the shade). To your left are a series of rose gardens covering various pits that have been/are going to be excavated. At the end of the path there is a collection of building to the right. One of these is the museum. It's well lighted, well laid out, cover 2 floors, ( ground and basement), this is where you will get those pictures you wanted.

As you leave the museum, opposite is two further buildings with temporary exhibitions.
When we were there one covered the earliest discovered tea, found in these digs. The other was a collection of world wide photographs by a famous Chinese photographer. Thy were impressive to say the least.

Once you have seen all you want, follow the road out towards a second ticket office and a manned security barrier, ( directly towards the empresses tomb in the distance).
Go past the barrier into the car park area and turn left. At the other end of the car park are 2 roads follow the right hand one, ( warning there's no footpath), is weaves unto the main traffic road and brings you out on the road back to the bus stop. Turn left and walk the 300 metres to the stop.

If you have the time and energy you can divert and walk to the empresses tomb. From a distance there is a path to the top, but I do not know if you can still access this, I assume there is a path round the base, but again I don't know for sure.
Written June 9, 2018
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Engineer63
San Diego, CA51 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
My wife and I visited the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling), in Xi'an, China, in October 2017. You need to have your expectations properly set, or you will be very disappointed with this exhibit, based on much of what I read about it before we went. It is often touted as being the second most interesting sight to visit in Xi’an, next to the terracotta warriors. In my opinion, it most certainly is not. First and foremost, the artifacts at this tomb are miniatures: the armies of soldiers are figures that are about two feet (60 cm) in height. Their arms were wood, so they have disintegrated. They apparently were clothed in material that also disintegrated, so you have row upon row of armless two-foot-high statues with no clothes. The faces are individually carved, with a high degree of skill, but the whole effect is nowhere near as interesting or dramatic as the terracotta army. There are many other artifacts (pots, figures of animals, and other human figures), but while interesting, I found them disappointing.

There are two main buildings that house interesting artifacts on the site, and they are separated by about a mile, with poor signage.

The first, the underground museum, houses a number of excavated pits in one of the tombs. Viewing windows and a glass floor allow you to view the pits. The level of illumination in this area is very, very low, and this can be a hazard if you have vision problems or difficulty walking (be careful: some of the mats over the floor are loose, and you can’t see this). The museum is accessible via a ramp through the area where the excavated pits are located. However, at the end of the pits there is a steep staircase with no ramp or elevator down to the rest of the museum. That area appears to have some of the most interesting of the artifacts on display, as well as a gift shop.

The second main building is the archeological exhibition. This is housed in a separate complex of buildings, across the road and about a mile away from the underground museum. It is in this building that you can see most of the types of artifacts that were excavated from the tombs. In fact, if you only visited the underground museum, you would probably feel totally cheated by the trip. There are very few artifacts on display in the underground museum compared to what is displayed in the archeological exhibition. The archeological exhibition is on two floors, the lower one of which is accessible only via an interior stairway. However, you can get to the lower floor by going outside and down a ramp. There are a half-dozen steps going into the main floor, with no ramp.

The areas around both buildings do have Western toilets.

It takes about 90 minutes by car to get from the middle of Xi’an to the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi, when traffic isn’t bad. I have seen several guide books rate the Tomb second in order of items of importance to see in Xi’an, after the terracotta warriors. I disagree. I think that after the terracotta warriors, the Shaanxi History Museum, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower, the Xi’an Museum, and the Muslim Quarter all should be seen before the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi.

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Written October 22, 2017
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djribton83
103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
As with my Terracotta warrior review I'll not give you a history lesson the other reviews can tell you more I'll let you know how to get there and how easy and convenient it is.

Take the Tube / Metro - To Shitushuguan (City library) Shitushuguan is on line two use Exit D - Do not cross the road.
Take bus #4 - 2rmb each way - Small white and green bus
There is a McDonald's and other restaurants behind the bus stop If hungry or have to wait.

Buses timetable - 08:30 - 09:30 -10:30 - 12:00 - 13:30 - 15:00 - 16:00 - 17:00

Takes 25 Mins approx.

Return bus's stop is across the road where the buss drops you off, Timetable - 09:30 - 10:30 - 12:30 - 13:30 - 15:00 - 16:00 - 17:00 - 18:00.

Uploaded the photos of the bus stop for convenience.

A great and enjoyable visit, Its the Terracotta Warriors in Miniature essentially.
Inside the Tombs you can view the pits from above and on the sides as its walkways are glass, you will be asked to place small plastic bags over your shoes.

A great museum , 1-2 hrs needed, 55 RMB - extremely quiet, enjoy!
Written February 27, 2015
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JamesODwyer
Midland, MI35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
This has to be one of the most underrated places on the face of the earth. Of all the things I visited in Xi'an, this was my absolute favorite.

I had an extra hour and a half before I had to leave for the airport, and this was on the way to the city, so I figured I would check it out. I wish I had more time.

It is definitely off the beaten path. When I visited, there couldn't have been more than 50 people in the whole place and I was definitely the only Westerner there, but it is absolutely worth it.

Thank you to the reviewer who told me how to get there. Use public transit because a taxi via your hotel would be very expensive (at least 200 RMB). Take Line 2 metro to ShiTuSshuGuan (City Library). I don't remember what exit I took out, but look for the bus stop across the street. There's an hourly minibus (#4) that will take you directly there and comes on the half hour. Total cost was 5 RMB for metro and bus.

Once there all you will see is a field. Follow signs to the "Underground Museum" and you get to go down into an actual tomb that looks totally undisturbed where you are separated by only a few inches of glass from 2000 year old artifacts. Everything is on a smaller scale than the Terra-cotta Warriors Museum, but it is still extremely interesting.

I also had probably my favorite moment of my visit to China while here. Near the end of the museum, I was approached by a young Chinese couple that kept saying "hello" over and over to me and pointing at their camera. I figured that they wanted me to take a picture of them, so I said OK and went to reach for their camera but before I knew it the girl had her arm around me and the guy started taking pictures of us. Then they traded places. In the midst of 2000 year old artifacts, to these Chinese visitors I was the most interesting thing there! I ended up taking pictures with them too and it absolutely made my trip.

You might want to factor in some extra time to get to the airport from the museum even though it is geographically on the way. I got super lucky that a taxi was dropping people off right as I finished the museum, so I grabbed it and had him take me to the airport. He didn't run the meter which made me nervous, but charged me 100 RMB for a 25 minute ride which I didn't think was totally unreasonable. If he hadn't come right then, I'm not sure what I would have done because the museum is in the middle of nowhere and there are no taxis waiting and nobody spoke English. So factor in some time for that.

All in all, I almost didn't do this but I am so glad I did. Don't miss this hidden gem!
Written December 17, 2014
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Happy2Share
Singapore, Singapore17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
We hesitated going to this place as other visitors said that transportation might be difficult, but we found that it was actually very easy. We took Metro line 2 northward to the City library station (Situshuguan Zhan). Get off exit D and you will see the bus stop right at the exit. The You4 bus leaves this stop at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00. We took the 12noon bus just in time (the drivers are very punctual). 2Y for the 40min ride. The Hanyangling tombs belong to the Emperor Jing Di of the Han dynasty and his empress. The underground tomb has a glass flooring so you actually walk above the figurines. The difference between this exhibit and the Terracotta soldiers is that the figurines are smaller, with the soldiers being about 1m tall, but there are lots of other figurines - animals, ladies-in-waiting, etc featuring the daily life of the royalty then. There are 81 pits but only a few are open to the public. Entrance fee was 65Y, and we paid 60Y for a guide so that we could learn more about the Han culture. There is a 20min film after the underground visit that you should not miss. After the underground visit, we went to the exhibit hall which was quite a distance away, a good 10-minute walk. There is an electric vehicle that brings visitors between the 2 exhibits, but it was not regular. Maybe it was because there were not many tourists during December. The exhibit shows some of the figurines taken out of the tomb, and explains the Han culture and heritage. After the visit, we decided to walk back to the underground exhibition to catch the You4 bus back (it leaves 4, 5 and 5pm). All in all, this was well worth out 2 1/2-hour visit. One last thing to note, there was no restaurant opened during our visit in December, so remember to have a good breakfast or lunch when you visit this site.
Written December 8, 2013
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kris a
Xi'an, China33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
Not sure why many reviews said tricky to get to, very very east. City library shitushuguan line two stop exit d. Take bus #4 . There is a McDonald's there if early 2rmb each way. Buses leave every hour on the half hour. About a 20 minute ride. Tours available. Not crowded. However, if you plan to go to airport after, there were very few taxis. Maybe none as many of those waiting were waiting for other visitors. The bus stops at many subway stops before city library on the way back. So you could go back towards xian, then up to north railway station on line two and grab the airport bus there. Sort if going backward, but the time isn't long at all. Good way to spend the morning before flight. Well done museum. Interesting to see the comparison of a "normal" tomb versus the over the top tomb with the terra cotta warriors. Happy travels
Written December 27, 2014
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AnzacTraveller
Singapore204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
Visited Han Yang Ling this morning. No crowds and you get to walk over the pits via the glass platforms. All in all, a smaller scale (literally) and less touristy attraction compared to the Terracottas. The positives of the attraction are already covered by earlier reviewers, so I shall skip this part and mentioned how we got there.

We went as a half-day trip via public transport. To add to earlier reviews, take the light green Tourist Bus#4 from the bus stop just outside Exit D of the Shitushuguan (City Library) metro stop, which is the city terminus. No need to cross the road, and you will get seats. Do not be confused with the normal red Bus#4 plying the city centre. They are not the same. The final stop is right at Han Yang Ling. Taxis are not recommended for day trips from Xi'an as we didn't see any there waiting or coming in to pick up passengers. Most are private cars or those dropping by on the way to the airport.
Written December 21, 2014
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Razorwinged
London, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
Unlike the Terracotta warriors, there's hardly anyone here, so you have time and tranquillity to appreciate the masses of small terracotta figurines.

There's also terracotta animals by the dozen, and small chariots too. Though smaller than the Warriors, they are no less impressive. The museum here is good too, with explanations in English.

You can follow the glass walkway right over the pits to see inside. Only a small part has been excavated so far, and it's fascinating.

To get here, take the metro to Shi Tushuguan (Exit D). Right outside is the bus, which will take you straight here. It's the #4 Tourist bus, and it's the last stop.
Written July 9, 2014
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