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Han Dynasty Yangling Mausoleum National Archaeological Site Park

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Han Dynasty Yangling Mausoleum National Archeological Site Park
陕西阳陵国家考古遗址公园

Address: East of Xianyang International Airport Shuttle Line, Xi’an, Shaanxi province
Hours: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
General admissions: 70 yuan ($10.79)
Tel: (+86-29)62657530

A structure built on the remains of the principal gate of the Han Dynasty Yangling Mausoleum in Xianyang, Shaanxi province. [Photos/cfp.cn]

The Han Dynasty Yangling Mausoleum is built on the remains of the tombs of Liu Qi, the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220) Jingdi Emperor (r. 156-141BC) and his wife Dowager Princess Wang. Liu unveiled the first flourishing age of ancient China, the Rule of Wen and Jing Emperors.

Located in Xianyang city of Shaanxi province, this well-preserved mausoleum site covers nearly 20 square kilometers and includes the cemetery, northern and southern burial pits and temples. It is the most intact imperial tomb of the West Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 24) discovered so far, and reflects the grand scale and the powerful momentum of the dynasty at that time.

The most significant unearthed wares of the Han Dynasty Yangling Mausoleum are the pottery figurines, of which the naked painted ones have great historical significance. They can now only be identified as bodies, as their armor and flexible wooden arms decayed when unearthed.

The four major parts of the Mausoleum Archaeological Site Park are the exhibition halls, the Southern Gate site, the peripheral burial pits and temple sites. Meanwhile, this site park features architecture of unique design and beautiful decorations as well as advanced exhibition methods. It has the most spacious floor area of its kind in China, and its sunken buildings protect the entire original environment.

Display of tomb pit burial figures at the Han Dynasty Yangling Mausoleum

 

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