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Review of Yin Dynasty Ruins

Yin Dynasty Ruins
Chicago, IL
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 wished that the exhibits showed the actual skeletons rather than replicas, but this is a minor issue. It was fascinating and informative about settlement patterns and mortuary practices in early China, nonetheless.

We spent over 3 hours going through the museum and grounds. Unfortunately a "satellite site" across the river was closed because the bridge was under construction (completion date unknown).

If you are at all interested in how pictograms changed into today's Chinese characters through time, or in early Chinese burial patterns, I'd suggest you visit this museum.

Visited May 2014
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Shanghai, China
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“Great if you like excavations”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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 random additional note - the toilets were spotless.)

The tickets have three tabs, one for the main entry, one for the underground museum in the ruins, and the third tab - a mystery tab, where you go back out to the main gate, and you go on a mini-van on a 20 minute ride out in the countryside where there is a sister excavation site from the Shang.

The countryside excavation site is also vast, and has buildings and grounds, tombs, sacrificial graves, etc. Before you go back, there is a small Apple Orchard restaurant, with seating outside and also a small shed with one table, and they will bring menus if you are hungry. The "Family Dofu" was good, and the Cabbage with garlic was terrific, all very tasty. The total for our dishes was 35 rmb.

The rickety mini-van takes you back to the entrance of the museum - where there are no cabs and no busses. (Most people come in tours?) I bet if you ask the minivan man to drop you off not at the entrance, but in the city streets, you can get a cab. So there we were, cab-less with a very long walk out to the street. What to do? We were exhausted.
A tiny minivan came over and wanted an outrageous price to take us back to the hotel. Our feet were finished, so we bargained the driver down to the taxi cab price plus 2 rmb.

Visited November 2013
Thank Elyn M
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