Maoling Mausoleum (Mao Ling)

Xian Maoling Mausoleum
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The tomb of Emperor Wu of Han - Liu Che (157 BC - 87 BC), Maoling Mausoleum is located about 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) away from Xian City. This mausoleum is called ‘the Chinese Pyramid' since it is not only the largest but it also held the richest burial contents of all the mausoleums of Emperors constructed during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - 24 AD), and took the longest time, 53 years, to build.

Liu Che was the fifth Emperor of the Western Han Dynasty. He was a great feudal Emperor who can parallel Emperor Qin Shi Huang - the founder Emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221BC - 206BC). During his 54-year reign he exerted himself to make the country prosperous by consolidating and strengthening the unification of many nationalities. With his great talent, he made the Western Han Dynasty's power reach the highest peak and also opened the famous Silk Road.

Exhibition in Maoling MuseumSurrounded by the city wall, the cemetery is in its self quite square. The city wall is 431 meters (about 1,414 feet) long from east-to-west and 415 meters (about 1,362 feet) long from south-to-north. In the center of each wall there is a door.

Now the ruins of east, west and north doors are still to be found in well preserved condition. The whole mausoleum is lofty and majesty. It is like a great cone in shape and even resembles a pyramid without its top. It is 46.5 meters (about 153 feet) high and the side length at the bottom, the widest part of the tomb is about 240 meters (about 787 feet). According to historic records, the Emperor Wu used one-third of the taxes to build his tomb and it was filled with an abundant array of burial objects, many of which are now exhibited in Maoling Museum.

Around Maoling Mausoleum, more than 20 tombs now still accompany Emperor Wu. Most of them are the tombs of imperial wives, meritorious ministers and worthy nobles. Here also to be found is the Tomb of Huo Qubing, which is much more famous for its magnificent stone carvings.

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1. It takes about 3 hours from downtown Xian to reach the Maoling Museum by public transport. Take Xian subway line 1 to Houweizhai Station and get out at the exit A, and then take Xianyang bus 13 to Xianyang Central Square. After arrival, bus 12 will take you to Zhaobaicun Station, and then you have to take a taxi to reach the museum within 10 minutes.
2. Take a regular bus from Xian West Bus Station to Xianyang. Then take a taxi to the museum directly or take bus 12 first and then a taxi.
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Admission Fee March 1 to November 30: CNY 80;
December 1 to end of next February: CNY 60
* The entrance ticket includes the museum and the mausoleum.
Opening Hours March 1 to November 30: 07:00 to 19:00;
December 1 to end of next February: 08:00 to 18:00
Time for a Visit
Two hours

 Suggested Tour Itinerary including the visit to Maoling Mausoleum:
Mausoleums Adventure: travel itinerary of Qianling - Famen Temple – Xianyang Museum - Maoling Mausoleum
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