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19/08/2013

Leitai Tomb of Han Dynasty & The Number One Beacon Tower

1. Leitai Tomb of Han Dynasty

The Leitai Tomb of Han Dynasty is located in the Leitai park on the Mid Beiguan Rd., Wuwei city, Gansu province. It is a large brick-chambered tomb of the late Eastern Han Dynasty, and was discovered by local farmers under an old locust tree in 1969. Now, it is a main tourist attraction in Wuwei city where you can have Silk Road travel.

The tomb is famed for the Bronze Galloping Horse, known in Chinese as ‘Ma Ta Fei Yan’, the horse is depicted in a full gallop held on just one foot upon the back of a bird in flight. The statuette is about 45 centimeters long and 35 centimeters high, weighing 7 kilograms, it has been adopted as a logo forChina tourism. Visitors can view the horse in the Gansu Provincial History Museum.

Leitai is a place for sacrificing the Thunder god; it is famed with the Temple of the Thunder God which was built on the terrace in mid Ming dynasty. According to the record on the horse chest of the horse tomb figure unearthed, it was the tomb of "Shou Zhang Ye Zhang Zhang Jun" (General Zhang of Zhang Ye) built between 186 to 219 A.D. Of all the unearthed pieces, the bronze galloping horse is of the great artistic level. The bronze Horse on a Swallow, which is also named “horse with hoof on a swallow”, namely Ma Ta Fei Yan in Chinese, is the logo of Wuwei City. Surprisingly, the modeling of horse surpassed the flying swallow with its three hooves as well as its head and tail rose in the air, and it is still well balanced. It showed the great talent of the ancient Chinese people with its great artistic level. The tomb is an optional attraction for your China vacation deals.

2. The Number One Beacon Tower



The Number One Beacon Tower at Taolai River Gorge is considered to be the western-most point of the defenses of the Great Wall (must-see for your top 10 China tours) of China as they were in function during most of the Ming Dynasty Era (1368 AD - 1644 AD) . In practice, the first beacon tower of the Great Wall is but an extension of the gargantuan Fortress of Jiayu Pass (Jiayu Guan), which formed the Western-most Gate of the Chinese Empire and was a border checkpoint for all those traveling along the Silk Road in- and out of China. In those ancient times long gone it was considered the ultimate ending point of the Chinese Realm. Although no dramatic events of war, sweeping historic events, nor timeless poetry or song can be attached to the very tower itself, with its dramatic scenery of a watch-tower overlooking a fast flowing river insidea steep Gorge, today the famed beacon tower is an absolute must-see when visiting the modestly sized City of Jiayuguan and its Fortress.? Find it located at only a small distance South South-West of Jiayuguan, as can clearly be seen on accompanying maps.

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