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Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qing Dynasty 2014-05-13

 

Located in Zunhua City, Hebei Province, Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qing Dynasty is the most grand, and has the most complete system and the most decent layout among China's existing imperial mausoleum architectures, which is also considered as the world cultural heritage and the national AAAA level scenic spot. Fifteen mausoleums covering an area of 80 square kilometers buries 5 emperors, 15 queens, 136 imperial concubines, 3 princes, and 2 princesses with the total number of 161.

The huge ancient building complex is composed of more than 580 single buildings, having China’s existing widest dolmen, and the wood structure of five spaces, six columns and eleven floors. There is the most complete preservation Xiao mausoleum Lord God Road of more than 6000 meters long, the exquisite Buddhism stone carving in Qianlong Yu mausoleum underground palace and three gilded halls in Empress Dowager Cixi mausoleum. The whole eastern mausoleum has superb skills in wood and stone structure, making it the representative and successful palace of Qing Dynasty, among which Xiao mausoleum has the most figures in stone with a total of 18 pairs; Qianlong Yu mausoleum is the most grand and magnificent; and Empress Dowager Cixi’s Putuo Yu Dingdong mausoleum is the supreme exquisite building; Xiao mausoleum’s construction is powerful and unsophisticated; Jing and Yu mausoleum reflect the "Kang-Qian Flourishing Age", that is, peace reigns over the land., while Ding and Hui mausoleum is portrayal of Qing Dynasty’s gradual decline and fall; Ci Xi mausoleum is the symbol of power.

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