Genghis Khan's Mausoleum

Statue of Genghis Khan, Baotou
Statue of Genghis Khan, Baotou
The present Genghis Khan's Mausoleum was built in 1954 in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, about 185 km (around 115 miles) from Baotou City. Genghis Khan is a Mongolian hero. He reunified the chaotic Inner Mongolia prairie and led his people to be a great civilization and made great contributions to the founding of the powerful Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and the unification of China which enhanced greatly the interactions of the peoples of China. Due to this great feat, he was named 'Genghis Khan' by Mongolian tribes, meaning 'powerful king' in Mongolian. Today, Genghis Khan is still worshipped and remembered by his people.

Most people, however, believe that this mausoleum is not where he was really buried but is rather a gathering place for Mongolians to offer sacrifice. Whether this is true or not, the mausoleum remains a sacred place with great significance for Mongolian people.

The main structures of the Genghis Khan's Mausoleum are three grand halls, which are shaped like Mongolian yurts, and the corridors which link the three halls. In the middle is the Main Hall, which is also the Memorial Hall. In the center of this stands a white marble statue of Genghis Khan with a height of over 4 meters (around 13 feet). Behind the statue is the map of the vast territory of the Yuan Dynasty. On either side of the Main Hall are the East Hall and the West Hall. In the East Hall, coffins of one of Genghis Khan's wives and his fourth son are laid. In the West Hall, Genghis Khan's arms are exhibited. Along the corridors frescos depict the life of Genghis Khan and the great deeds of his grandson-Kubla Khan, who was as great as his grandfather.
 
Genghis Khan's Mausoleum
Genghis Khan's Mausoleum
Inside the Genghis Khan's Mausoleum
Inside the mausoleum
In the hall behind the Main Hall there are four biers covered with bright yellow satin. They are said to be the coffins of Genghis Khan and his three wives. There are also two coffins of his brothers.

In addition, visitors can taste delicious Mongolian barbecue, and enjoy a Mongolian-style dance and horse performance. You can even take part in the dance, horse riding, arrow shooting, and wrestling. All these activities enhance the visitors' travel experience.

 
Tablet Pavilion, Genghis Khan's Mausoleum
Tablet Pavilion
Ao Bao, Mausoleum of Genghis Khan
Ao Bao
Admission Fee of the resort: CNY 120
Genghis Khan's Mausoleum: CNY110
How to get there: 1. Take bus from Baotou Long Distance Bus Station located on the northern square of the railway station to Dongsheng, and then change bus to the mausoleum.
2. Take bus (Baotou - Yulin) from Long Distance Bus Station and ask the driver to stop at the mausoleum.