It was in 1958 that the Dadiwan Site was discovered in Shaodian Village northeast of Qin’an County, about 102 km from Tianshui City. Dadiwan Site is the earliest Neolithic cultural ruins discovered in Northwest China, showing the Yangshao Culture of about 8,000 years ago. The Dadiwan Neolithic Site reflects how our ancestors made a living about 4,900 to 8,120 years ago. Its excavation work has impressed the world due to its large scale and rich connotations.
Cultural relics excavated at Dadiwan Ruins include 240 houses sites. Besides, a large amount of art treasures and implements of production such as stone wares, earthen wares, mussel decorations, stone knives and axes, potteries and kilns have been unearthed there, leading scientists to believe that people in the Neolithic Age had already lived a settled life with farming as their major production activity. Such a large-scale site is rarely seen in China. Therefore, it has a significant implication for the study of human beings who lived in the Yellow River Basin in the Neolithic Age, or even for the origin of Chinese civilization. Despite being a long way away, the site is definitely worth a visit. The Dadiwan Site mainly consists of Dadiwan Museum, Restoration Area, and Palace Ruins.
Add: Shaodian Village northeast of Qin’an County,Tianshui City,Gansu Province
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:00
Dadiwan Museum: April to October: 9:30-17:00; November to March: 10:00-16:00
Visitors need to enter half an hour before the closing time. The museum is closed on Monday, except public holidays.
How to get there: Firstly, take bus 6, 7, 19, 23, 24, 26, 83 or 84 to get to Tianshui Coach Station. From Tianshui Coach Station, take a bus to Qin’an County. The fare is CNY 14 and it takes about an hour. After arrival, take a bus to Wuying Town and get off at Shaodian Village. The journey takes about 1.5 hours.