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    UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Koguryo Kingdom

    by ellyse Updated Sep 2, 2007

    Basically all that Ji'an has to offer are: Hao Tai Wang Stele and Tomb, General's Tomb, Wu Kui Tombs (murals) and Wan Du Mountain City. All cost 30 RMB each, no student price.
    There're also some city wall remnants and a park with some excavations. These are in the downtown area and free to visit.
    There's a Ji'an Museum but it looked closed when we were there, probably not open yet?
    Buy an bilingual map (English-Chinese) as soon as you reach, it'll be one of your best-spent 5 RMB ever. We got ours from Luming Hotel where we were staying at. We were pleasantly surprised by its quality!
    Most of the travellers who visit Ji'an's sights are Koreans, as the Koguryo Kingdom is said to be one of the forefathers of the Koreans. Mistakenly assuming that we were Korean, the watchman at Wan Du Mountain City even wondrously asked our driver how on earth we were going to understand anything since we didn't have a guide. Teehee!
    Although these are all UNESCO World Heritage sites, there was a dearth of explanatory information about the sites, something which we thought could've been worked on. Granted there're some signs in both English and Chinese but the information provided wasn't enough.
    Perhaps the ruins and sights would be more obvious and rewarding if we didn't go in winter and had a guide, not much fun when (as 2 of my travel companions remarked) they all just look like so many random piles of stones!

    UNESCO World Heritage Inscription
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    Wan Du Mountain City

    by ellyse Written Sep 2, 2007

    Admission 30 RMB, no student price. However here we found no one on duty except a watchman and we persuaded him to let us in at half price -- no tickets issued as a trade-off. Mistakenly assuming that we were Korean (the main nationality of tourists visiting Ji'an's sights), he even wondrously asked our driver how on earth we were going to understand anything since we didn't have a guide. Teehee!
    The site covers quite a large area and there're graves of nobility, lookout points for defence etc.

    On the path to the lookout point Tombs in the background Up close and personal Remains of city walls Lookout point blanketed in white
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    Wu Kui (Five Helmet) Tombs

    by ellyse Written Sep 2, 2007

    Tombs with murals drawn on the walls and ceilings inside them. Only one tomb -- no.5 -- is open to visitors, the rest are closed for preservation purposes.
    The guide explained the murals very well in Chinese, which added tremendously to our enjoyment, or at least my own. He was polite, knowledgeable and keen to answer any other questions that we had, reminds me a bit of the excellent guide that we had at Dunhuang's Mogao Grottoes in February 2006. Not sure if they have guides who can speak English. It's also interesting wandering around looking at the other tombs which were of various shapes and sizes.
    Admission 30 RMB, no student price.

    No.4 tomb Explanatory plaque for no.5 open tomb Yet more tombs
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    Guo Nei City Park

    by ellyse Updated Sep 2, 2007

    This's a park in the middle of town with some excavations, however those looked more like potholes ready for planting trees in... :P It's a good place to go and see local people and kids having simple fun like sliding down on their butts (with plastic bags under them) from the piles of snow.
    If you're coming by bus you can't miss it as the bus will pass right by it.

    Park entrance Map of the park
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    General's Tomb

    by ellyse Written Sep 2, 2007

    This's supposedly the trump attraction out of all these sights, but sadly we (2.5 out of 4 of us, actually) opted not to buy the admission ticket and go in as we were tired of seeing "so many random piles of stones". On hindsight we probably really should've gone in, especially IF there was going to be a good guide.
    Admission 30 RMB, no student price.

    Pyramid of the Orient Through the fence
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    Hao Tai Wang Stele and Tomb

    by ellyse Written Sep 2, 2007

    The stele is in a glass structure, but we were allowed to go in, and there was a guide explaining in Chinese. Not sure about English. No photos permitted within the glass structure though.
    The tomb was locked, but a guard came running up with the keys to open it when he saw us there. There wasn't much to see inside, only 2 slabs of stone on which the coffins used to rest.
    Admission 30 RMB, no student price.

    Stele in glass structure Another view Explanatory sign and tomb in background Tomb in distance blanketed in snow Up close and personal
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    a quiet small station

    by yangshu Written May 18, 2007

    on the way to yunfeng dam, i look across the yalu river, on the other side, the north korean side, there is a small station. it is very quiet without any people and a green train stay there quietly. that is a charming place which only the state, north korean can keep it.

    small station
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    meeting

    by yangshu Written May 18, 2007

    look down from the yunfeng dam, you will see a northern korea lamber factory. on the ground, a group of workers or soldiers is sitting on the wooden chair in order. they have a everyday meeting which is very important to there life.

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    haotaiwang stele

    by yangshu Written May 8, 2007

    one of sites in world culture heritage list. the stele records the history during the 19th king of koguryo, haotaiwang. the charactors on it is chinese.

    haotaiwang bei
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