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Tomb of Crown Prince Yide

The Tomb of Crown Prince Yide is to the southeast of Qianling Tomb. Prince Yide, Li Chongrun, was the first son of Emperor Zhongzong, Li Xian. He was killed by Wu Zetian in 701 A.D. at 19 years old. In 705, when Zhongzong returned to the throne he was awarded posthumously the title of Crown Prince Yide and in 706 his remains was moved to the Qianling.
There were a mound and enclosure walls aroud the Tomb of Crown Prince Yide. To the south of the walls were a pair of stone lions, two pairs of stone figures and a pair of obelisks. The tomb consists of a tomb tunnel, three doors, seven air-shafts, eight niches, tomb chambers. It is altogether 10.8 meters in length.
There are 40 well-preserved mural paintings on the walls depicting the court life including guards of honor, the Blue Dragon, White Tiger, city walls, watch towers, musicians, men-servants and maids of honor, which show Li Chongrun's extraordinary social position. For example, the painted halberds in the Tomb of Crown Prince Yide are much more than those in the Tomb of Yong tai and Tomb of Price Zhanghuai.
More than 1,000 pieces of historical relics have been unearthed from the Tomb of Crown Prince Yide, including pottery figures, tricolour glazed figures, earthen wares and gold, bronze and iron wares. he carved sketches on the stone outer coffin show the features of the Tang-style carved sketches: smooth, clear and powerful.

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