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Museum of Tomb of first Qin Emperor

  • A lot of people from home and abroad visit the world renowned Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses each year. Although, they are just a part of the hitherto unexcavated tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang situated to its west. Inside it, many things have not yet been excavated.
  • The first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huangdi, became king when he was 13 and ordered to start construction of his tomb. After completion of his winning spree, he ordered 720,000 laborers to speed up completion of his royal tomb. It was completed just-in-time in 210 BC. His son, the second Qin Emperor, buried him.


  • Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum is situated in the suburban area of Lintong County, 35 kilometres to the east of Xian on the Lishan Mountain. As per traditional Chinese divination the part of the territory from Lishan to Mount Hua is created like a dragon. The regal mausoleum is at the eye of the dragon.

Qin Tomb Xian

  • The tomb is bigger than the Egyptian Great pyramid. Viewed from a distance, it’s a hill covered with vegetation. It’s believed that the mausoleum has an exterior city and an interior city. Its exterior is triangular having a wide base. During 2000 years, the original 100 metre high hillock has decayed to roughly 47 metres high, 515 metres long from south to north and 485 metres wide from east to west. A large number of big Alhambresque buildings containing valuable treasures are believed to be buried in the mausoleum in a region of 2,180,000 square metres.
  • The labourers belonged to three groups. The first were the people working to repay a debt. The second were the prisoners. The third were the craftsmen. These people had breached the rules and were fined. They had no money to pay fines, therefore they were forced to construct the tomb. As per records, the tomb was an infamous crime scene. During its construction phase, several laborers died of poverty and all the labourers were buried with the emperor to keep them quiet forever.
  • Additionally all the infertile royal concubines were buried with Emperor Qin Shi Huang.

Qin Tomb Xian