Xanadu Sites Museum

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Xanadu Sites Museum is located about 7 km south of the Site of Xanadu ( or Ruins of Shangdu ).  Xanadu, literally “Upper Capital”, was the summer capital of Kublai Khan’s Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368) in China.

The museum is specialized in showing the relics and artifacts relative to the once magnificent “Upper Capital”, the most elegant and magnificent city ever built on grasslands in the world.

The two-story museum is built into the east slope of the Aobao Hill of Wulantai, harmoniously matching the surrounding environment. It has four exhibition halls which display the history  of Xanadu in four main themes with discovered relics and pictures in Chinese and English subtitles.

Basically, people usually combine Xanadu Sites Museum and the Site of Xanadu on  a day trip. The two attractions are 7km apart. You may come to visit Xanadu Museum from Duolun County or Zhenglanqi  County.

You’d better off arranging your transport to visit the two places since there is no public transport connecting Zhenglanqi or Duolun with the two sites.  Even there is no bus service between the Site of Xanadu and Xanadu Sites Museum.

The museum is free of charge, but you need to take your free entrance from the ticket office not far from the parking lot. When you get the ticket, you are requested to pay 5 yuan for the golf cart taking you to the site of the museum, which is built into the east slope of the hill.

A huge stone sign engraved with the words “Xanadu Sites Museum” in Mongolian, Chinese and English.

The huge stone engraved with the words "Xanadu Sites Musuem"

The stone engraved with “Xanadu Sites Museum” in Mongolian, English and Chinese

The vermilion museum is built into the hill slope, featuring the harmony between the museum and the surrounding hills and grasslands.

The vermilion museum is built into the hill slope

The vermilion museum is built into the hill slope

When you enter the museum,  you will see a high hall with giant relief sculptures, depicting the history of Xanadu.

Giant relief sculptures

Giant relief sculptures

The model of Xanadu, imperial palace and the imperial city, the most magnificent city ever built on grassland in the world.

The model of Xanadu

The model of Xanadu

There are four major showrooms displaying the artifacts and pictures with English captions.

There are four major showrooms.

There are four major showrooms.

Glazed tiles discovered from the buildings in the Site of Xanadu.

Glazed tiles discovered from the buildings in the Site of Xanadu.

Glazed tiles discovered from the buildings in the Site of Xanadu.

Maps, Pictures and Artifacts are combined to illustrate the splendid history and culture of Xanadu.

Maps, Pictures and Artifacts

Maps, Pictures and Artifacts

The gold saddles on display.

The gold saddles on display.

The gold saddles on display.

The four great god beasts

The four great god beasts

The four great god beasts

 

Hassle-Free Private Tour to Visit Xanadu and other parts of Inner Mongolia
If you don’t want go the daunting do-it-yourself-route and prefer an organized hassle-free private tour to visit  Xanadu and other parts of Inner Mongolia, no worry and we have the following options:

3 Day Beijing Shangdu (Xanadu) Tour from US$ 305 p/p.
4-Day Beijing Xilinglo Glassland Shangdu Mongolia Culture Tour   from US$ 399 p/p.

 

Further Readings


 

Xanadu Travel Guide

Wulanbutong Grassland  .

Jinlianchuan Grassland.

Inner Mongolia Tour .

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4 Responses to “Xanadu Sites Museum”

  1. andrew mccarthy says:

    what are the opening days and times of xanadu relic site and site museum?

  2. Daniel says:

    Dear andrew mccarthy,

    Summer is the best time to visit xanadu relic site and site museum. Few people will visit the two places from November through April next year since it is very cold out there. probably they are shut down in winter season.

  3. Andrea says:

    Is the Museum open in October, what days and what are the museum hours?

  4. Daniel says:

    Dear Anrea,

    Not sure whether it will be open in October since few people will visit the museum in October because it is cold in October, a tourist low season.

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