Shang Ruins is the largest and the most well-preserved site during the early Shang Dynasty (16th - 11th century BC). It is located in the city downtown area. Covering an area of about 25 square kilometers, the site still has a city wall with a girth of nearly 7 kilometers. Items unearthed here include rare bronzes, many shell articles, stone wares, jade articles and relics of silos, wells and graves offering plenty of material for the study of the development of Slave Society and Chinese ancient cities. The site was discovered in 1950. The site was divided into Miyagi, Inner City and Outer City.
The Shang Dynasty is the earliest dynasty of traditional Chinese history supported by archaeological evidence. Excavation at the Yin Ruins (near modern-day Anyang), which has been identified as the last Shang capital, uncovered eleven major royal tombs and the foundations of palaces and ritual sites, containing weapons of war and remains from both animal and human sacrifices.
Opening hours: 08:00-18:00
Recommended visit time: 2-3 hours.
Location: Guancheng District, Zhengzhou City, Henan Province