Qianling Mausoleum - Unique Mausoleum representing two Emperors
Last Update: 8th October 2020
What is the Qianling Mausoleum?
Qian Ling Mausoleum where Tang Gaozong – Li Zhi and Wu Zetian are buried is located on Liang Mountain, 6 kilometers north of Qian County, Xianyang, Shaanxi. It was originally built in 684. Through 23-years hard work, it was completed. The mausoleum was built based on the layout of the then Xi’an City.
- Chinese Name: Qianling (乾陵)
- Area: approx.40 x square kilometers
- Things to do there: Photography, Middle Tang Dynasty Culture
- Who visits: Photographers, Middle Tang Dynasty Culture Lovers
- Time required: 2 – 3 x hours
The Qian Ling mausoleum was built based on the layout of the then Xi’an City, surrounded by city walls with one gate in each wall. Zhuque Gate is in the south wall, Xuanwu Gate is in the north wall, Qinglong Gate is in the east wall and Baihu Gate is in the west gate.
Outside the Zhuque Gate, there are sixty-one stone statues of the envoys from the then friendly states and the leaders of the Chinese minorities then who participated in the Tang Gaozong’s funeral with 29 statues in the eastern side and 32 statues in the western side along the passage. In addition, visitors can also explore the blank stele by Wu Zetian.
There are several accompanying tombs where the then princes, princesses and officers sleep in the mausoleum area. At present, the tombs of Prince Zhang Huai, the tomb of Prince Yide and the tomb of Princess Yongtai have been excavated. The Qianling Museum is built on the ruins of the tomb of the Princess of Yongtai. Visitors can admire Tang Sancai (the unique porcelain in the Tang Dynasty), painted terracotta army and murals in the museum.
There is also a cultural relics showroom next to the Tomb of Prince Yide, but the scale is not large. There are exquisite murals in the tomb of Prince Zhang Huai, but they are basically replicas. The originals are well preserved in the Shaanxi History Museum. Visitors can visit the museum and the showroom with the ticket for Qian Ling Mausoleum.
The best time to visit Qian Ling Mausoleum is in the morning as it is not hot during its opening hours. The best months to visit are from March to May, and from September to October.
Tourist Bus 3 in Xi’an can take visitors directly to Qian Ling Mausoleum. Therefore, there are a few options.
- Rent a vehicle from Xi’an, or Xianyang. This is the quickest and most direct option.
- Take Tourist Bus 3 in Xi’an from the East Square of Xi’an Train Station (西安火车站东广场) to Qian Ling Mausoleum. Please note, the bus only has two stops – the East Square of Xi’an Train Station and Qian Ling Mausoleum.
- Take a bus from Xianyang North Bus Station (咸阳汽车北站) to Qian Ling Mausoleum.
- Opening hours: 08:30 – 18:00 (March 1 – November 30); 08:30 – 17:30 (December 1 – February 28/29)
- As at 8th October 2020, entrance pricing to Qian Ling Museum is 122 CNY per person; children under 1.2m (1.2m included) and the elder above 65 years old (65 years old included) are free of charge. For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (email@example.com)
- Please wear the sunscreen cream and sunglasses in summer.
- Please wear comfortable hiking shoes.
- The scenic area offers the shuttle bus for an additional fee of 30 CNY per person.