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Zhaojun Tomb

Zhaojun Tomb is situated nine kilometers (approx. 6 miles) away from Hohhot, on the plain extending from the northern bank of the Dahei River. The stone tablet in Zhaojun TombThe tomb was built to commemorate a great woman named Wang Zhaojun, who was one of the four most beautiful ladies in ancient China, and who sacrificed herself for the unity of China by marrying Khan.

Story about Wang Zhaojun

The story of Zhaojun's going beyond the Great Walls has since spread among the people. During the reign of Yuan Emperor of the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - 220 A.D.), a Hun prince asked for a princess from the Han imperial family. Zhaojun Wang was born in Zigui town south of the county during Western Han Dynasty. Though, she was not born in the royal family but she was elected into the palace as a beauty. In the first year of Jing Ning (33B.C.), the chief Huhanye of the south Huns came to court to seek marriage. In order to keep peaceful and friendly relations between the two nationalities, Zhaojun volunteered to marry this king. She was given the surname of Ning hu. After the marriage, she was granted as Ning Huqueshi, the queen in Mongolian. During her life in Xiongnu, she lived in yurt, wore blankets and furs, and drank milk, showing her respect for local customs. Besides, Zhaojun made great contributions to the unity of Han and Huns.

Zhaojun Tomb is a large man-made earthen mound, which is 33 meters (approx.108 feet) high. The cemetery centers on the grave. There is a path, decorated archway, stone carving and bronze statue in front of the grave. Of which, the 4-metre-high large bronze statue weighing 5 tons showing Chanyu and Wang Zhaojun riding side by side on horseback is very vivid and splendid. The statues show their intimate relationship and are the symbol of the friendly relations between the Han nationality and the Hun nationality, which was greatly promoted by Wang Zhaojun. There is a 100-meter stele corridor, in which a great number of inscriptions related to Zhaojun Tomb since the Qing Dynasty are displayed. The platform and flight of stairs before the tomb are much similar to the Mausoleum of emperors Han in central plain.

Zhaojun Tomb is famous for its spectacular scenery. The summer months are mild, and the wild flowers and grasses grow in abundance, creating a beautiful natural picture together with the towering green trees. When autumn comes in September, unlike grasses which shriveled and yellow at this time of the year, the grass growing on the tomb is still green and vigorous. Hence, Zhaojun Tomb is also known as "Qingzhong" called by the local Mongols.

 Zhaojun TombBehind the statues of Zhaojun Tomb, there are several steles displaying the praises bestowed upon Wang Zhaojun. Among them, the stele marked with the poems of Dong Biwu (a modern revolutionary and a politician) is the most notable one.

Behind the steles, stone stairs and a stone platform are connected with the Zhaojun Tomb. Upon the stone platform you can find a pavilion. The pavilion offers tourists a good position from which to overlook the scenery surrounding the tomb and the far away Mt. Yinshan.


Zhaojun Tomb Tour

Recently, the tomb area has been developed to include cultural facilities such as a Reception Room, Exhibition Room and Painting and Calligraphy Room. Zhaojun Tomb has now become one of the key cultural relics under the jurisdiction of Hohhot. 

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