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Maoling Mausoleum

Maoling Mausoleum is located in Maoling Village of Nanwei Town on the Weibei altiplano, about 45km north of Xi'an City in Shaanxi Province. photo of maoling tombThe Maoling Mausoleum was the tomb of Emperor Wudi in the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-8AD). It is the biggest mausoleum among the imperial mausoleums of the Western Han Dynasty.

Emperor HanWudi
Emperor Han Wudi (140-87 B.C.), called Liu Che, was the fifth emperor of the Western Han Dynasty. He came to the throne at 16 and was in power for 54 years. He was the emperor for the longest period in the history of China. More Information...

Maoling Mausoleum
In the second year of his reign, Emperor Wudi began to build the Maoling Mausoleum, which took 53 years to fnish. At the age of 71, Wudi died and was buried at the Maoling Mausoleum. The tomb was built of rammed earth in the shape of a four-sided dipper ,46 meters high and 240 meters long. The tomb covers over 54,000 square meters. The mausoleum is square and consists of the inner and outer city, with bounding wall around it. According to the records, the funeral objects were so abundant that the tomb could hardly hold even before Emperor Han Wudi died. one third of the yearly taxes and tributes of the state was spent to construct Maoling Mausoleum.There are over 20 satellite tombs of high officials and noble relatives around the Maoling Mausoleum, such as the tombs ofQuo Qubing , Huo Guang, Wei Qing and Jin Ribei.In those days, officials and nobles showed great respect when they moved nearby. Inside the cemetery there were many places and houses inhabited by tomb keepers and palace maids.
Excavations from the tomb include large collections of buried objects and building materials.In 1978, the Maoling Museum was set up. Exhibitions include Eave tiles, Han bricks, pottery figures and other valuable historical relics excavated at the Maoling Mausoleum and the giant stone carvings originally placed in front of Huo Qubing' tomb.The stone carvings are the most representative works, which are the earliest and world-famous masterpieces of ancient stone carvings preserved in groups under state protection.


Xian Tour Routes Covers Maoling Mausoleum
XD-4. Xian Day Tour of Qianling Mausoleum and Famen Monastery
XH-5. 4 Days Xian Private Tour of Terracotta Warrior and Famen Temple
XH-7. 6 Days Xian Complete Tour
XK-7. Xian 6 Days Private Tour
XST-1.Xian seat in coach tour of west line

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