The Han Dynasty (2/3)

In Xuzhou, there is an underground tomb for a Han king and his wife.  An entire mountain was hollowed out to build this tomb, and it is open to tourists.   It is still unknown how the Han Dynasty constructed the tomb.  Experts say that it would take 300 workers ten years to build it but there wasn’t room for that many workers.

The tomb has two entrances.  One entrance faces Xian, the ancient capital of the Qin Dynasty one thousand miles from Xuzhou. How the architects managed that, no one knows.

In 1984, hundreds of Han Dynasty terra-cotta warriors were discovered at the foot of the Lion Mountains. These figurines were there to guard their lord in the afterlife.  These terra cotta troops are smaller than the ones build for the first emperor near Xian, but they are just as detailed.

In the museum for one Han king is a hand-carved jade cup with a cap that screws on to seal the liquid inside.  Even today, no one can carve a jade cup with such detail and craftsmanship

Return to Part 1 of the Han Dynasty

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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