The Qianling Mausoleum stands in Qian County not far from Xi'an. Your ticket to the mausoleum gets you access to a vital piece of Chinese history as the final resting place of Emperor Gaozong and his wife, Empress Wu Zetian, who ruled during the Tang Dynasty. It's an incredible mark of the culture during the time period, particularly as Empress Wu Zetian has been seen throughout history as a powerful woman, and the only one to have ever ruled China. You'll be able to discover her life and history from the tomb, as well as see artifacts that are the hallmarks of the time. There are ornamental octagonal columns in the south entrances, mythical winged horses, and even ostriches from Afghanistan. Life-sized military sculptures stand in attention, created at the command of the Empress herself, with the whole tomb standing as tribute to her awesome power. Learn about this poignant piece of Chinese history and see archaeological wonders.
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