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Hutai Ruins of the Southern Liang Dynasty

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Hutai Ruins, tomb of Xiao Hui

The Hutai Ruins in Yangjiazhai Village, Chengxi District, is one of the most impor­tant historical sites from the Southern Liang Dynasty in Xining. The village was built more than 1,600 years ago in 397, when the king of the Southern Liang Dynasty established his capital in Xining. In 1957, it was designat­ ed as a key cultural heritage site under provincial protection.

Legend has it that female general Fan Lihua appointed commanders at Hutai before her western expedition. Local people, therefore, call it “General appointing Platform.”

Major attractions include the Yuan men Gate, the Parade Ground, a jade seal, a bronze sacrificial vessel, a statue of three kings, the restored Earth Terrace, the Campfire Terrace, the General’s Pavilion, and the exhibition halls.

Transport: One can get there by bus No. 2, 18, 22 or 33.

Chengxi District

Chengxi District is one of four districts of the prefecture-level city of Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province, Northwest China.

It covers the western part of Xining’s built-up conurbation. It has over 200 000 residents (2004). Ethnically, most are Han; there are also Hui, Tibetan, Tujia, etc. – 26 in all.

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