Xilutian Mine is still operating, but the remaining coal is limited and
the closure is planned for 2016.
But the mine is already used as a show mine, tourists are allowed to visit a
part of the mine on guided tours and see the work excavators, bulldozers and
There is a viewing deck surrounded by an exhibition of machinery once used in
This includes for example an a bulldozer plow from the first half of century, a
1950 Soviet excavator and a 1960 East German electric locomotive.
There is also a museum on the development of Liaoning's coal mining industry,
which is under construction and will be opened in OCT-2011.