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Extraordinary Ancient Site

Yin Xu was the site of the palace of the Shang Dynasty. Here, an incredible thirty-four centuries ago, the kings of Yin ruled a prosperous kingdom in the Yellow Ruver valley. They... read more

Reviewed 1 December 2016
Raymond W
Chengdu, China
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Chengdu, China
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Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Yin Xu was the site of the palace of the Shang Dynasty. Here, an incredible thirty-four centuries ago, the kings of Yin ruled a prosperous kingdom in the Yellow Ruver valley. They produced bronzewares of astonishing craftsmanship and wonderful pieces of carved jade. They also performed human and animal sacrifice on a grand scale, as the skeletons in the burial... More 

1 Thank Raymond W
Rockville, Maryland
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Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Fantastic trip to travel back in time to the late Shang Dynasty, at where the last capital city of Yin (殷, not to be confused with the same sound 阴 of the Yin Yang) once stood just short of 3,500 years ago. Thus, Yin 殷 is often times used as a marker for the last 200 some years and their... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

My visit to Yin Xu was wonderful. Although the people who work there don't speak much English, the English signage around the grounds and in the various museums/exhibits are mostly excellent. It was very quiet when I was there (mid morning), with only a few local tourists walking around. The grounds are also lovely, tranquil and there are also many... More 

3 Thank BryanN174
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2016

Great place to visit. I love history and so I learn heaps. Disappointing to see some of the skeleton bones recreated - they looked less than authentic in parts. Great to understand divination and the sacrifices of humans and animals. Glad I visited. Came away more informed.

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Xinzheng, China
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Reviewed 4 November 2015

Yinxu (Yin Ruins) is the site of the capital of the Yin (Shang) Dynasty for its last 255 years, after moving from Zhengzhou. It is the site where the "dragon bones" were found over a century ago. These oracle bones - ox scapulae and tortoise plastrons - dating from about 1400 BC, revealed a written language of some 5000 characters.... More 

2 Thank Gary T
Chicago, IL
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Touring the Yin Ruins was the primary reason we came to Anyang. The ruins are on the site of more than 400 excavated graves. The museum is very informative, and English-speaking guides are available. The exhibits cover the development of Chinese characters, which can "stand alone," or be taken in with exhibits at the Museum of Chinese Characters nearby. We... More 

1 Thank Travelingmaven
Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

The Shang Ruins are vast and will be interesting if you are interested in that sort of thing. It is a "walk and look" sort of place, a site of excavations. There was not a lot of English. We didn't see any original artifacts - they seemed to be copies and the original is now in a Museum somewhere. (A... More 

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