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Top 10 ancient mausoleums in China

A survey which one million netizens have taken part in to vote for their favorite tourist resorts. Following are the top 10 ancient royal mausoleums in China on the list.

 
1. Mausoleum of Yellow Emperor
Mausoleum of the Yellow Emperor is the burial site of Emperor Huangdi.
The Mausoleum of the Yellow Emperor is the burial site of the legendary Chinese, the Yellow Emperor. It is located in Yan'an, Shaanxi Province. The Yellow Emperor, named Xuan Yuan, was the head of a clan from the ancient time and was respected as the ancestor of the Chinese nation. This mausoleum was built by Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty (202BC-220AD) as a sacrificial altar.
 
2. Qianling Mausoleum
Qianling Mausoleum was built in 684AD in Tang Dynasty.
The Qianling Mausoleum is one of the Tang Dynasty (618C907AD) tombs located in Qian County, Shaanxi province. It was built in 684 AD (with additional construction until 706), and several royal family members were buried in this location including Emperor Gaozong (649C683AD) of Tang Dynasty and his wife who was China's only governing empress Wu Zetian (690C705AD).
 
3. Mausoleum of First Emperor of Qin Dynasty
Mausoleum of First Emperor of Qin Dynasty is the burial place of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang.
The Mausoleum of the First Emperor of Qin Dynasty (221-206BC) is located about 5km east of Lintong County, Shaanxi Province. According to the Records of the Great Historian, Qin Shihuang began building his mausoleum just after he became the king of the Qin State in 246 BC. In 221 BC, the Qin State unified other six states of northeast China and established the Qin Dynasty. Then he drove over 70,000 criminal slaves from all over the place to continue the construction. It took 36 years to complete the project.
 
4. Ming Tombs
Ming Tombs are located on the southern slope of Tianshou Mountain.
The Ming Tombs are located on the southern hill of Tianshou Mountain (about 50 km northwest of Beijing). The place was chosen by the third Ming Dynasty emperor, Yongle (1402C1424), who moved the national capital from Nanjing to Beijing, the current capital of China. After the construction of the Imperial Palace (the Forbidden City) in 1420, the Yongle Emperor selected his own burial site and created his own mausoleum.
 
5. Genghis Khan Mausoleum
Genghis Khan Mausoleum is located in Ordos City of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
The Genghis Khan Mausoleum is located in Erdos City of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. It was built by Chinese government from 1954 to 1956. Featuring the traditional Mongolian style, the mausoleum is not the real burial place of the Khan because his burial site remains a mystery. It is just a cenotaph, where the coffin contains no body, but there are only headdresses and accessories as decorations.
 
6. Hanyang Mausoleum
Hanyang Mausoleum is located at Zhanjiawan Village, 20 kilometers north of Xi'an City.
The Hanyang Mausoleum is located at Zhanjiawan Village, 20 km north of Xi'an. It was built in 153 BC. Covering an area of 20 square km, the mausoleum contains the tomb of the Emperor Jingdi and his empress as well as the south and north burial pits, ceremonial site, human sacrifice graveyard and criminals' cemetery. The Outside Pits Exhibition Hall was opened in 2006, which is the first underground museum in China.
 
7. East Mausoleum of Qing Dynasty
East Mausoleum of the Qing Dynasty is located at the foot of Changrui Mountain in Zunhua County.
The Eastern Mausoleum of the Qing Dynasty is located at the foot of Changrui Mountain in Zunhua City, Hebei Province. The mausoleum comprises of 15 imperial tombs and covers 2,500 square km. The most exquisite construction on the ground of the Eastern Mausoleum of Qing Dynasty was the Dingdong Mausoleum, the mausoleum of Dowager Empress Cixi. It took six years to build and cost 2.27 million taels of silver.
 
8. Western Xia Tombs
Western Xia tombs are at the foot of the Helan Mountains in Yinchuan City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
The Western Xia Tombs are at the foot of the Helan Mountains in Yinchuan City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. It covers 40 square meters, and includes eight imperial tombs and 70 satellite tombs. Each tomb yard of the mausoleum is a complete architectural group, with an area of over 100, 000 square meters.
 
9. Maoling Mausoleum
Maoling Mausoleum is located in Maoling Village, 40km north of Xi'an City.
The Maoling Mausoleum is located in Maoling Village of Nanwei Town, 40km north of Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province. The Maoling Mausoleum is the tomb of Emperor Wudi (156-87BC) of the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-9AD). The mausoleum was built in 155BC which took 53 years to complete.
 
10. Qiaoling Mausoleum
Qiaoling Mausoleum is located in Anwang Village of Pucheng County, Shaanxi Province. [hudong.com]The Qiaoling Mausoleum is located in Anwang Village of Pucheng County, Shaanxi Province. The mausoleum is the imperial mausoleum of Emperor Ruizong of the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD), two queens, his sons and daughters. The mausoleum covers an area of 852 square meters.
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