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Anyang: First Capital of China

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A February 2007 trip to Henan Province by Mutt

Garden Museum of Yinxu Photo, Anyang, China More Photos
Quote: This forgotten little town is the earliest of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China and home to some fascinating historical sites.

Anyang: First Capital of China

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Overview

Garden Museum of Yinxu Photo, Anyang, China
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"The name of Anyang is not empty, for 3,000 years past it was an imperial city"Guo Moruo Proudly listed as one of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China this is one of the most important archaeological sites in China. It was here under the name of Yin that the ancient Shang Dynasty (BCE1700-1100) established its great capital. In BCE 1100 the city was wiped out, along with the Shang, by the great martial king Wu Wang of the Zhou Dynasty (BCE 1100-221) and only ruins remained (mentioned by famous first century BCE historian Sima Qian) but these too soon passed into legend.The ...Read More

Garden Museum of Yinxu

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Attraction | "Site Museum of Yinxu"

Garden Museum of Yinxu Photo, Anyang, China
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Xiaomintun village, 2km northwest of Anyang, is where archeological excavations have uncovered the ruins of the Shang Dynasty (BCE1700-1100) capital.King Pangeng established his capital here on the banks of the Huang River in BCE 1300. The city, known as Yin, was the first stable capital in Chinese history and from that point on the dynasty that founded it would become known as the Yin Dynasty (BCE 1300-1100). The capital served for over two centuries years for 12 kings from 8 generations until the dynasty finally fell to King Wu of the Zhou Dynasty (BCE 1100-221) and the city and the dynasty the founded it passed into legend....Read More

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Garden Museum of Yinxu

Anyang, China

Anyang Bell and Drum Tower

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Attraction | "Old Town"

Anyang Bell and Drum Tower Photo, Anyang, China
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The couple of blocks at the southern end of Honqi Lu were the center of the Ming Dynasty (CE 1368-1644) city that was founded here in 1368 and are now a bustling modern commercial district, but some of the old places remain.At the heart of the ancient city lies the Bell Tower one-time pacemaker for the people who lived here. Now thoroughly restored, replete with new bell, and looking sublime it finds itself situated a wonderland of boutiques and chain stores, including the inevitable KFC, in the bustling commercial center of this modern city. The warren of hutongs and homes that provided refuge for citizens for hundreds of years have been swept away by modern developers bring...Read More

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Anyang Bell and Drum Tower
Middle Section Of North Main Street, Wenfeng District
Anyang, Henan 455000

Tianning Temple

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Attraction | "Tianning Temple & Wenfeng Pagoda"

Tianning Temple Photo, Changzhou, China
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At the heart of the Old Town of Anyang not far from the central Bell Tower sits this ancient temple and its curious pagoda.Tianning Si (daily 8am to 5pm, ¥10) was established during the Zhou Dynasty (BCE 1100-221) and has recently been extensively restored and opened to the public. Entering through the magnificent front gate brings you into the first courtyard, which is dominated by the Hall of the Heavenly Kings. Rebuilt in 2002 this three-room hall features hanging eaves over ornate gables and contains a jolly golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha and some large temple guardians. Passing through brings you into the second courtyard where the Wenfeng Pagoda and ...Read More

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Tianning Temple
Yan Ling Xi Road And Hongmei Road
Changzhou, China

Tomb of Yuan Shikai

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Garden Museum of Yinxu Photo, Anyang, China
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This monstrous monument to ego on the outskirts of the modern city is one of China’s many delightful curiosities as indeed is the man who is entombed within.Ask most Westerners who the last Emperor of China was and they will probably say, "How would I know? Stop asking stupid questions!" Ask someone slightly more informed and they will probably answer, "Err, that kid from the long boring film?" and they would be wrong. Which just goes to show you never to trust Italian film directors. The last man to rule over the great Chinese empire was not in fact the forlorn child Puyi (1906-67) but the far more divisive figure of Yuan Shikai (1859-1916). The young Yuan...Read More

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