Anyang is one of China’s ancient capitals dating back over 3,000 years. It is located in northern Henan, largely set on a slope following the eastern side of the Taihang Mountains.
Back in the 19th century, bones decorated with ancient Chinese symbols were unearthed here and later identified by archaeologists as ‘oracle bones’ known to be used for divination. With the excavation of the area it was identified to be the site of Yin, the ancient capital of the Shang dynasty. After its excavation, the ruins were congregated into the Yinxu Museum which was opened to visitors in the 1980s. It has since become a world heritage site.
Other than the Yin ruins, there are three other main attractions in Anyan. There is the Wenfeng Pagoda which stands five stories high with a red brick exterior in the shape of an octagonal. This pagoda is often used as a symbol of the area and is therefore very well known. Another attraction to visit is the Tianning Temple, towering much higher than the pagoda at thirteen stories. It contains a pagoda from the 12th century built in the Liao Dynasty.
Next head to the somewhat ostentatious tomb of a past general named Yuan Shikai. The tomb is featured in the Old City near the bell tower.
To check out Anyang and all it has to offer, travel in spring or autumn when it isn’t too hot or too cold, as Anyang has definite seasons. To help you find a hotel, below is a quick starting guide:
Zhongzhou International Hotel
Fei Ying Hotel
There are plenty of places to stay; it’s just a matter of your budget and where in the area you want to base yourself.