The Chinese government will designate the ancient capital of the Huns, Tongwancheng a national heritage site reported the Chinese media.
The 1,600 year-old Hun city is the only Hun cultural heritage site that has been preserved for posterity in relatively good condition. The Huns, a nomadic warrior tribe lived in northern China, from where they spread out into other parts of Asia and the west.
Shaanxi provincial cultural heritage bureau deputy-head Kuo Xi-Zeng said they would enlarge the cultural site by building an underground museum as well; the goal is to expand visitors' historical knowledge and draw attention to the importance of protecting culture.
The heritage site is expected to be completed in five years. Experts also indicated that they would like to see the park to be proclaimed as a World Heritage site.
The Hun Kingdom's capital city was built by the great Hun leader Helian Popo (381-425) on a twenty thousand square kilometers stretch of land. Historians believe that around 431 AD forty thousand Hun and Han nomadic shepherds lived in the city and its surroundings.
Historical records indicate that the break up the nomadic kingdom triggered the north (or black) Huns' western migration - the Southerners on the other hand remained in the old kingdom and slowly assimilated into the surrounding population.
Tongwancheng is located about 500 kilometers from the provincial capital city of Hsian. According to Chinese experts, Tongwancheng is the largest city ever built by a minority in the Chinese empire, which has remained relatively intact. They also noted that the site is threatened by desertification and it enjoys government-level protection since 1996.
Last summer, at the 1600th anniversary of the establishment of the city, Hungarian historian and orientalist Borbála Obrusánszky attended a conference in Tongwancheng. Obrusánszky who regularly visiting the region said to Hungarian News Agency MTI that Chinese provincial officials indicated that they wish to make the capital of the southern Huns as a place of pilgrimage to Hungarians that relate to the Huns.
(MTI – hungarianambiance.com)