Tomb of Qin Shi Huang

The tomb of Qin Shi Huang is located in the eastern suburbs of Lintong County, 35 kilometers (22 miles) east of Xian: on the Lishan Mountain in the south and overlooking the Wei River towards north. The lay of the land from Lishan to Mount Hua is shaped dragon-like according to traditional Chinese geomancy. The imperial tomb is at the eye of the dragon. The emperor had chosen well.

Qin Shi Huangdi (259 BC-210 BC), the first emperor of China, ascended the throne at the age of 13, when construction of his tomb began. On completion of his many conquests, he ordered 720,000 conscript laborers to hurry up on building his royal tomb. It was finished just-in-time in 210 BC for his use. His son, the second Qin Emperor, saw to his entombment.

In its time this tomb guarded by the Terracotta Warriors, must have been one of the grandest mausoleums the world had ever seen.

In the year 246 BC, at the age of 13, Ying Zheng ascended the throne of the state of Qin and assumed the title "Shi Huang", or First Emperor. One by one he defeated his enemies, until 221 BC the last of them fell. Qin Shi Huang united the country, and standardized the currency and written script.

On the down side, he acquired a reputation for purges, mass book-burning parties, enforced labor in massive construction projects, and other tyrannical behavior. His son and successor was quickly overthrown by the revolt that established the Han Dynasty.

Historical accounts describe Qin's tomb as containing palaces filled with precious stones and ingenious defenses against intruders. It is said that the artisans who brought it all into being were buried alive within, taking its secrets with them.


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