Yinxu or the 'ruins of Yin', is the site of the ancient capital of the late Shang Dynasty and in fact the first site of a Chinese capital in history. Founded in approximately 1300BC by the dynasty's 20th king, Pan Geng, Yinxu would remain the capital for another 255 years.
Today, the vast site of Yinxu still houses remains of the palace, over eighty house foundations, and the Tomb of Fu Hao, the only intact tomb of a member of the Shang Dynasty. It offers a fascinating insight into the development of Chinese characters.
Yinxu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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