Wei Jin Tombs ​- cultural insights and materials from the Wei and Jin dynasties

​​​​​​​​​​Last Update: 17th October 2020

Located 18 kilometers from Jiayuguan City, Wei-Jin Tombs are situated on the northeastern Gobi Desert in Jiayuguan. The ancient tombs are distributed over 20 kilometers. In 1972, 8 tombs were excavated and cleaned. People found the ancient 600 frescos in 6 tombs of the tombs. Most of them are well preserved and some even look new.

Wei Jin TombsFast Facts

  • Chinese Name: Jiayuguan Weijin Muqun (嘉峪关魏晋墓群)
  • Length: more than 20 x kilometers
  • Things to do there: Archaeology, Chinese History and Culture, Frescoes
  • Who visits: Chinese History and Culture Lovers, Adventure Enthusiasts, Archaeologists
  • Time required: 1 – 2 x hours

What to expect at the Wei Jin Tombs

There are more than 1,000 tombs sleeping at the Wei-Jin Tombs for hundreds of years in the desert. From the perspective of geographical layout, the tombs should be divided into family tombs.

The frescoes discovered in the tombs are painted on brick facade of the tomb door, the walls of the front and middle rooms, and the stone walls of the back room. The brick facade of the tomb door are painted and engraved with Quemen and the fairy beasts. You will see the frescones of the costumes, accessories, kits and silk crepe used by the owner of the tomb at the back room.

The frescoes also illustrate the scenes of the banquet, hunting, farming, travelling, feeding the livestock and harvesting in the Wei and Jin Dynasties (220 – 420). The amazing frescoes at Tomb 3, Tomb 7, Tomb 6 and Tomb 5 which have been excavated show the then social, political and economical life. Only Tomb 6 is open to the public for now.

Best time to visit the Wei Jin Tombs

The best time to visit Wei-Jin Tombs is in the morning during the opening hours.

The best months to visit are from April to October.

How to get to the Wei Jin Tombs

There is no direct bus to Wei-Jin Tombs. Therefore, the only one option is to rent a vehicle from Jiayuguan.

Additional Wei Jin Tombs Travel Advice

  • Opening hours: 08:00 – 18:00 (April – October); 09:00 – 17:30 (November – March)
  • As at 17th October 2020​​​​​​​, the entrance pricing to Wei-Jin Tombs is 31 per person; the pricing for Chinese interpretation is 50 CNY in total for the group of 1 – 10 persons (10 persons included); the pricing for Chinese interpretation is 5 CNY per person for the group of over 10 persons (10 persons not included ).For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (info@wendyweitours.com)
  • Only Tomb 6 is open to the public for now.
  • It is not allowed to take photos in the tomb.
  • Please check out the weather forecast beforehand as sometimes the sand storm comes by Jiayuguan.
  • Please wear the sunscreen cream and sun glasses even in winter.
  • Please take body lotion, lip balm, and hand cream as it is always dry in Jiayuguan.

Interested in visiting the Wei Jin Tombs on a Tour?

Wendy Wei Tours offers a variety of different packaged tours as well as custom tours including the Wei Jin Tombs, among other attractions and destinations. To find out more, please visit our Tours page or Contact Us directly to find out more.