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Zhaojun Tomb is situated nine kilometers (approx. 6
miles) away from Hohhot, on the plain extending from the northern
bank of the Dahei River. Also called 'green tomb' after the green
grass that grows on it, the tomb is listed among the eight most
popular scenic spots in Hohhot. The tomb is a large man-made earthen
mound, which is 33 meters (approx. 108 feet) high. It was built to
commemorate a great woman named Wang Zhaojun, who was one of the
four most beautiful ladies in ancient China, and who sacrificed
herself for the unity of China by marrying Khan.
In front of the tomb, bronze statues of Wang Zhaojun
and her husband (Khan), depict a vivid picture of them riding horses
and talking to each other intimately. The statues are the symbol of
the friendly relations between the Han nationality and the Hun
nationality, which was greatly promoted by Wang Zhaojun.
Behind the statues, there are several steles displaying
the praises bestowed upon Wang Zhaojun. Among them, the stele marked
with the poems of Dong Biwu (a modern revolutionary and a
politician) is the most notable one.
Behind the steles, stone stairs and a stone platform
are connected with the Zhaojun Tomb. Upon the stone platform you can
find a pavilion. The pavilion offers tourists a good position from
which to overlook the scenery surrounding the tomb and the far away
Recently, the tomb area has been developed to include
cultural facilities such as a Reception Room, Exhibition Room and
Painting and Calligraphy Room. The tomb has now become one of the
key cultural relics under the jurisdiction of Hohhot.
The tomb is famous for its spectacular scenery. The
summer months are mild, and the wild flowers and grasses grow in
abundance, creating a beautiful natural picture together with the
towering green trees. When autumn comes in September, unlike
grasses, which are shriveled and yellow at this time of the year,
the grass growing on the tomb is still green and vigorous.
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