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Located in Qian County, Shaanxi Province, 85 Kilometers northwest from Xi’an, Qianling Mausoleum is an
unparalleled mausoleum with Emperor Gaozong of Tang and Wu Zetian - his wife and China's first and only governing Empress buried together. The mausoleum is renowned for its many stone statues of Tang Dynasty located above ground and the mural paintings adorning the subterranean walls of the tombs.
Constructed in 684, the majestic Qianling Mausoleum took 23 years to be completed. With 1049 meters above sea level and being cone-shaped, it is one of the well-preserved tombs among the 18 Tang Dynasty Mausoleums according to archeological surveys. With an area of 2,400,000 square meters, it is home to nearly 378 palaces and pavilions, which are unfortunately destroyed by war and only leave a pair of ornamental columns, winged beasts, and ostriches, 5 pairs of saddled horses, 10 pairs of military figures, and 61 stone statues of foreign envoys and stone lions, as well as Uncharactered Tablet and Seven-section Stele, totaling more than 100 pieces. Among which, Uncharactered Tablet and Seven-section Stele enjoy wide fame.
Besides, there are a total of 17 smaller attendant tombs around mausoleums, including princes’ tombs, princesses’ tombs and ministers’ tombs. Thousands of valuable cultural relics were unearthed, such as murals, pottery, wooden figurines and copper-ware.
As a joint mausoleum of two emperors, Qianling Mausoleum has enjoyed the world-wide fame and attracted millions of tourists from home and abroad every year.