The western Xia Imperial Tombs is a natioanl AAAA tourist attraction, and a key cultural monument under state protection. Numerous emperors of the Western Xia Dynasty (1038 – 1227) were buried here, making these toms imperial destinations for the ancient rulers. The cemetery is located at the middle section of the eastern foot of the Helan Mountains, 35 kilometers away to the west of Yinchuan City, covering 53 sq km, with nine mausoleums and more than 253 annex tombs scattered around the tumulus area. It is one of the largest and best preserved imperial cemeteries in Hina, also known as the bright cultural pearl at the foot of the Helan Mountains in the west of Yinchuan City and a great tourist resort where people can explore and appreciate the culture of the Western Xia. People always call it “the mysterious wonder” or “the oriental pyramid”.
The Western Xia was a feudal dynasty established in the early 11th century ruled by the Dangxiang Clan. It lasted for some 190 years under the realm of ten emperors.There are huge architectural relics in the north and the ruins of anient kilns in the east. Each tomb covers an average area of more than 100,000 sq m, with underground burial chambers, and buildings and gardens on the ground. Today, only the ruins of the Western Xia Imperial Tombs can be found in this area, but a lot of architectural materials and inscriptions in Tangut and Chinese characters on stones survive the long history.
Based on the historical events of the Western Xia, 18 groups of artistic scenes and 160 figure statues in the Western Xia History Art Museum inside the Western Xia imperial cemetery represent the glorious civilization of the Western Xia Dynasty, recalling the years when the Dangxiang Clan expanded the frontiers of their country, abolishing slavery, reforming the civil system, and creating their writing characters.