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Yin Xu is an archaeological site near Anyang City in Henan Province, China. It is the site of an ancient capital city of the late Shang Dynasty, which flourished from 1300 BC to 1046 BC. The site has yielded ruins of ancient royal tombs and palaces.

The architectural style at Yin Xu seems to be an early prototype for later Chinese architectural styles. Among the sites escavated included the Palace and Royal Ancestral Shrines. Within that site, the foundations of 80 residences were uncovered, as well as the sole tomb in that site, that of a royal member.

The Yin Xu Archaeological Site was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 30th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania from 8 to 16 July, 2006. The core zone of the inscribed site covers an area of 414 hectares surrounded by a buffer zone of 720 hectares.

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Tomb of Lady Fu Hao, Yin Xu, Henan Province, China
Tomb of Lady Fu Hao, Yin Xu, Henan Province, China
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 36 07 36 E 114 18 50 in Henan Province, China
Inscription Year: 2006
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, III, IV, VI

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Visiting Yin Xu

Yin Xu is located near Anyang. Anyang is 460 km to the south of Beijing, and can be reached by bus or train. Arrange with a local travel agent in Anyang for visiting Yin Xu.

Local Tours of China

At times, it is faster, safer and cheaper to join a local tour than to go there yourself. This is especially true for many places in China. However, you need to be wary of the tour operators, especially those in China.

Here are a few local tours of China that you may wish to add to your itinerary. These tours are arranged by Viator, one of the most reputable tour agencies in the market.

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