The Astana Tombs

The Astana Tombs is located south of the Gaochang Ruins. It is the place where the ancient people of Gaochang city are buried (from the Western Jin to Tang Dynasty) and the site houses over 500. The Astana Tombs are famous in China for their terracotta figurines and tomb paintings. The majority of the people buried here are of Han decent and the Astana Tombs were arranged according to family. The Astana Tombs are decorated with various paintings with the dead placed at the back of each chamber. Buried with them were various articles from their everyday living so they could enjoy them in the after world.
Around 80% of the corpses in the Astana Tombs have already mummified due to the natural climate of the area. Owing to the arid climate, the relics are very well preserved; dumplings are the same as today's, and the stuffing is as intact as it was when fresh. Here's some guide information in your travel of The Astana tombs: 40km southeast of Turpan City, Xinjiang Province. Admission Fee: CNY20/Person Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00 Travel Tips: 1. For your own safety do not enter the unopened areas. 2. Do not touch the mural inside the chambers. Contact number: 0086-991-3257799

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