|Address: Qinling North Road Lintong District
Xian City Shaanxi Province
Entrance Fee: Low Season: 20 RMB;
Peak Season: 40 RMB
|Tomb of Emperor Qinshihuang or sometimes known as Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor is the tomb of the first emperor of China. The tomb is located 30 kilometers to the east of Xi’an, Shaanxi Province of China. The construction of the tomb was started in 246 BC and took about 39 years to complete in 208 BC.
If you see for afar, the tomb looks similar as a normal hill that covers by lush greenery. There are many predictions made by the experts and historians regarding the design, settings as well as everything regarding the tomb. Most people believed that the tomb is consisted of two parts, an interior city and an exterior city which signifies that palace and the palace wall. The exterior view of the mausoleum is more like a low earth pyramid at 43 meters high with a wide basement diameter. The whole area of the tomb garden has reached over 56.25 square kilometers. On the other hand, the overall length of the inner city is about 3840 meters while the exterior city wall is at 6210 meters length.
Tomb of Emperor Qinshihuang is the first emperor’s tomb throughout the history of China. The huge construction scale as well as the marvelous and large amount of funerary objects was the most when compared with any other imperial tombs. The tomb was designed strictly according to the philosophy that to enable Emperor Qinshihuang to keep on enjoying the great wealth after his death. Generally, the whole setting of the tomb was designed based on the setting of Xianyang City, the capital of Qin Dynasty. Moreover, the Underground Palace of Emperor Qinshihuang was in fact a gem-studded replica of the imperial palace on the ground. A great historian in early Han Dynasty, Si Maqian had wrote in his books that the ceiling of the tomb was shaped into sun, moon and starts by inlaying pearls and gems symbolizes the sky and the ground was an accumulation points of rivers, lakes and seas. In order to avoid the tombs to be robbed, traps with automatic-shooting arrows were installed within the tomb as well. Through the archeological findings that carried out every now and then, the records in the book of Si Maqian were basically proved its right and the underground palace of the tomb is presumably well preserved.
Many satellite tombs that accompanying Emperor Qinshihuang was found. This was where the ministers, princesses and princes were inhumed. Besides that, many burial pits for horses, rare birds and animals, pottery figures as well as other sacrificial objects to the emperor were discovered by the archeologists around the tomb as well. Although the archeologists had estimated the location of where Emperor Qinshihuang’s coffin was buried, no further action is taken to discover more about the tomb anyway. This is because the entire technology of China is yet enough to deal with the huge scale mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuang. In order to avoid any further loses to the nation, the archeologists choose to delay the discovery of the tomb.
|Tours Including Imperial Dumpling Banquet:
Beijing Xian 2 Days Tour with Round-trip flights
Beijing-Xian-Beijing 4 Days Tour with Mt Hua (Round-trip flights included)