Mausoleum of Western Han Emperor Liu Qi(Hanyangling)
Mausoleum of Western Han Emperor Liu Qi(Hanyangling) Xi'an Reviews
a magnificent cultural relic and a new underground museum Sep 24, 2006
In Shaanxi Province,20 km North of Xianyang City and 20 km from the airport,in the village of Zhanjianan is situated the Mausoleum of the Western Han Emperor Liu Qi and his wife,the Empress Wang built in the 2nd century BC.On the Loess plateau,the site comprises in addition to the Emperor and Empress's tombs,many burial pits,a ceremonial site and a large human sacrifice graveyard.
The Emperor's tomb in the center of the mausoleum is similar to a topless pyramid of 32 m high,one gate of the high walls surrounding the tomb had been unearthed and opened to the visit.
The Empress's tomb much smaller is 450 m away.
Around these tombs,there are tens of burial pits which contained thousands of terracotta goods:animals,wine vessels and human figures of servants,female and male warriors...for the after life.
The nude and semi-nude,one third life-size,armless figures of warriors were placed in battle formation and formerly had wooden arms and clothes
disappeared over years.
The Chinese authorities have built an interesting underground Museum which exhibits 10 outside pits surrounding the Emperor's tomb and people can walk over some of the pits and view the ongoing excavations.
Part of the China 2006 travel blog
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