Western Han Dynasty Mausoleums

Western Han Dynasty Mausoleums, Xianyang

Western Han Dynasty Mausoleums

Western Han Dynasty Mausoleums
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Ancient Ruins • Cemeteries

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Peter In Lewes
Lewes, UK461 contributions
Fascinating site
Oct 2019 • Solo
We had just arrived at Xi'an airport and this was en route to our hotel in central Xi'an.

Well worth a visit. I was on s group tour from UK and we had the bonus of a local guide to walk us through the site.

On entering the interior part we fitted the supplied plastic bags onto our shoes and stopped at each excavation where the guide explained what had been uncovered. The human figures were around 18 inches in height and were surrounded by various miniature animal figures. We walked over a glass floor so it was easy to look straight down onto the exhibits.
Written October 19, 2019
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Avante540
Peterborough, UK189 contributions
Small but Perfectly Formed
Sep 2017 • Couples
A fill in visit really as the mausoleums are en route between Xi'an and its airport. We wondered at what in some ways was a similar project to the Terracotta Army but with a very different interpretation and without the crowds. Discovered relatively recently these fascinating relics are displayed in an immersive way due to a comprehensive use of glass. They are accompanied by a 40 minute hologrammatic film explaining the reasons they are here. It was useful and well done but my audio translation equipment was damaged and difficult to listen to. All in all a charming and enjoyable hour.
Written September 24, 2017
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John F
Newark-on-Trent, UK596 contributions
Tomb of Emperor Jingdi
Sep 2017 • Couples
A newer discovery than the terracotta warriors dating from 141 BC, the excavations are yet less complete. A massive site with the majority of pits yet undisturbed. You visit several excavated pits to see miniature figures of people and animals. People figures maybe 30cms tall. Having learned from the excavation of the warriors, the building over the pits is kept quite dark to protect the colours.
Don't leave without exploring the exhibits in the museum which are astonishingly clean and crisp for their age; and watch the short film (English translation on headphones).
Not far from the airport and we visited on the way.
Written September 13, 2017
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Pauline W
Perth, Australia213 contributions
A must see
Apr 2017 • Friends
I was overwhelmed and speechless at the scale of this project. Its enourmous.
Take your camera although its impossible to really portray the impact this archeological display has.
Written April 22, 2017
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dingDrver
Xi'an, China593 contributions
Ginkgo Forest
Nov 2016
Recently, Hanyang mausoleum ginkgo forest on the south side of the opening to the outside, visitors much more special, so you need to visit friends, best time is morning, lest delay your trip, and stop at five o 'clock in the afternoon the ticket.
Written November 13, 2016
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Nigel B
Ferring, UK399 contributions
Wrongly overshadowed by the Terracotta Warriors
Mar 2015 • Couples
Only discovered in the 1990s by local farmers digging a well during a prolonged drought, this exhibition has been overshadowed by The Terracotta Army display some 30 miles away. Yes, the images are much smaller and are far less personalised but, in their original state, they were dressed in silks and had wooden arms. Sadly the arms and silks are long gone so you have an army of naked servants with no hands. What is interesting is that this is an army of servants including men, women & eunuchs with a vast array of terracotta animals from horses, pigs, goats, chickens and wolf like dogs. The emperor was more worried about living comfortably in the afterlife than having a standby army. This highlights the transition from uniting the country to developing a thriving agricultural economy as these figures were made some 300 years after China was united under the Chin Dynasty. The site is also much smaller than its big competitor and is housed in an underground museum. Do watch the animation presentation about the site, it is very enjoyable and contrasts dramatically with the out of date and out of focus display shown at the Terracotta Warriors site. The only downside is that the lighting is very dim and although you can take pictures without a flash, they will not be very detailed. If you are intending to fly in or out of Xian airport, this site is on your way - about 15-20 minutes from the airport.
Written March 28, 2015
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LaPaj
LA279 contributions
Han terracotta soldiers to attack the shins
Mar 2014 • Friends
Now moved to a new setting, these foot-tall Han dynasty soldiers look like they would attack the famous large Qin dynasty terracotta warriers by stabbing their shin foot bones because of their small stature. Not as finely carved and probably not as individualized, the explanation is that the skilled craftsmen from the Qin soldiers were killed so that their skills were not passed on. Regardless, the hundred or so of these little guys were an amazing site. Too bad hardly any visitors to the famous soldiers come to see these of a later, but still very old, era.
Written March 27, 2014
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