Tangible Cultural Heritage Museum-Hezhang Kele Site

Tangible Cultural Heritage Museum

Hezhang Kele Site

by Live in Guizhou

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Hezhang Kele Site is located in Kele Township, Hezhang County, Guizhou Province, China, and is an important archaeological discovery of great value for studying the history and culture of the ancient Yelang Kingdom. Archaeological excavations began in the 1960s and, over several digs, unearthed a wealth of valuable relics, including Han Dynasty tombs, artifacts from the Warring States to Qin and Han periods, bronzes, and gold and jade items.

The archaeological findings at Kele Site have attracted widespread attention from the academic community, both domestically and internationally, with some discoveries even being selected as one of the top ten archaeological discoveries in China. In 2001, Kele Site was designated as a National Key Cultural Relics Protection Unit by the State Council, underscoring its significance in Chinese cultural history. The cultural characteristics of Kele Site primarily reflect the culture of the Yelang period, a composite culture with features of the Bashu area and unique elements of Yelang culture. The site is extensive, including multiple tomb clusters and ancient city ruins, with the actual area of the ancient capital from the Qin and Han periods covering 45,000 square meters.

Additionally, Kele Site’s geographical location is advantageous, near the “Jiucaiping” mountain peak, with Xiao Jiucaiping known as the “Roof of Guizhou,” the highest peak in Guizhou, boasting magnificent natural scenery. Da Jiucaiping is famous for its plateau platform and beautiful cloud sea sunrise. These natural landscapes, together with the historical and cultural relics of Kele Site, form a unique tourism and cultural resource for Hezhang County.