Shang Dynasty Ruins
- Non-commercialized remains of a section of wall that existed 3,000 years ago.
- A small part of the archaeological remains of that time period that have been found around Zhengzhou.
- Visiting the site is free.
- It is in a city park.
The mound is in a common public city park in Zhenghou. It is hardly marked except for a sign on it in Chinese. In fact, people stand or sit on it and there are bushes and trees on it. It is barely being preserved. So you might miss it if you are looking for a proper wall. It is a dirt mound that extends through the park. How many mounds like this are there all over China that you’d pay hardly any attention to? But this one is special because it is the remains of a Shang Dynasty era city. Where else can you find 3,000 year old remains? The mound is in a city park in the city’s south-eastern section at the junction of Chengdong Lu and Chengnan Lu. If you are in the area, you might appreciate seeing an ancient ruin there.
The Shang Dynasty left the first records of civilization in this area of China north of the Yangtze River about 3,000 or more years ago. They built walls around cities. Now, some of the wall is a path that you can walk along. The mounds are about twelve feet tall, but at the place where there is a Chinese sign, it is 15 feet tall, and you can walk and sit on top of it under the trees.
The lack of preservation and no commercialization is surprising. Perhaps it is because it is basically just long mounds of dirt and Chinese are not interested in it. You can also stroll around the rest of the park and see life in a commoner park where people do Chinese exercises or stroll around.
Bus: The park is at the south-eastern section of the intersection of Chengdong Lu and Chengnan Lu. Bus No. 2 stops nearby, get off at the East Gate. If you are coming from the airport, the airport bus that costs about 15 RMB or 23 USD goes to Jinsui Road. You can take a taxi from there.
I updated this article on November 28, 2012
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