Explore Xianyang’s Mausoleums and Tombs
Mausoleums and Tombs
Taking a peek at how Chang’an marked the centre of it all during the Tang Dynasty is what makes
this exploration such a treat. The abundance of tombs and mausoleums surrounding
Xianyang easily fills a day with dynasty marvels through historical China.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Being one of the oldest cities and the capital during the Tang Dynasty, also known as China’s Golden Age, Xi’an’s legacy on the current travel trails in this immense country are well-known. The linkage to the impressive Terra Cotta Army and its vivid, charming city centre are among the most sought-after bucket list items on each visitor, be it domestic or international.
However, the plains of Guanzhong have a few other surprises up its sleeve, brimming with history and authenticity. No explanation is needed that filling a day to Xianyang to mingle with tombs, mausoleums, and museums will be one with unexpected treasures of bygone imperial eras.
08:30 - 17:00
The drive from your Xi’an hotel in north-western direction to reach Xiangyang is a short one. Only 30 kilometres / 19 miles separate this fast-growing city in central China from this historical marvel, quite often overlooked when customers arrive in one of the largest cities of the Shaanxi Province.
Upon arrival in Xianyang, we head first to see the Qianling Mausoleum, a truly special one. It is the only tomb in the world that contains the remains of a royal couple of Emperor Gao Zong and his Empress Wu Zetian, the only female monarch in Chinese history. With the Liangshan Hill as the backdrop, this Tang Dynasty reminder, a replica of the ancient Chang’an city (now Xi’an), will be one of the highlights of the day.
After enjoying a local Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, we enter the Xianyang Museum. The permanent exhibition focusses mainly on artefacts and displaying the history of the emperors from the Han and the Qin Dynasty. The museum is divided into nine main exhibition halls with lots of information and finds on display about the numerous tombs and mausoleums in its vicinity. The construction of this centrally located museum into its current form started in 1962 and remains up until today one of China’s most famous national, medium-sized museums.
Our day comes to an end as we make our way back to Xi’an and your booked hotel.