Underground Palace of Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum in Xian

Why is Underground Palace of Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum So Special?

The Underground Palace of Qinshihuang simulate the ground of Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum and underground palace to show the whole picture of Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, so that visitors can watch Qin and Han architectural charm, know the Qin Dynasty, folk customs, ritual etiquette, and taste the long history and culture of the Chinese nation.

Underground Palace of Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum

The Underground Palace of Qinshihuang covers an area of 16,650 square meters, construction area of 4500 square meters, and divided into two layers. It is 25.7 meters high, including 8.7 meters high of the underground. Underground palace of Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum is the catacomb of the First Qin Emperor used to place his coffin and funerial objects, located right beneath the mausoleum mound. According to historical records and archaeologists’ test, there are many valuable treasures, mercury, and invisible weapons inside it.

The underground palace exhibition, also known as the Underground Palace of Qinshihuang, located about two kilometers west of the first emperor Qinshihuang Mausoleum. This is a man-made attractions and was built according to Sima Qian’s description of the underground palace. The mysterious under palace has not been excavated yet because of the complex constructions, limited excavation and advancing technologies.

Main Attractions of  Underground Palace of Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum

According to careful exploration of Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, the archaeologists found that this palace is about 35 meters beneath the grave mound of the mausoleum. The coffin chamber in its center is also rectangular, and it has the approximate size of a standard soccer field with a height of about 15 meters. With a rectangular configuration, the palace is about 260 meters long from east to west, 160 meters wide from north to south.

Firm Palace Wall

The archaeologists found the firm palace wall enclosing the grand underground palace. They discovered a stone wall under Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum as well, which plays an important role in preserving the mausoleum from some geological disasters, such as flood and earthquakes. The whole wall is built by multi-layer soil, and the southern and northern parts are almost 16-meter and 22-meter thick respectively, and the height of the cob wall is nearly 30 meters.

Tomb Passages

In ancient China, imperial tomb usually had four passages in all directions west, east, north and south to show the respected social status and position, and Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum is supposed to have four, too, while only two of them are found at present. Several paths leading to the underground grave were discovered in the east and west ends of the palace.

How to Get to Underground Palace of Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum?

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If you want to get rid of hustle of transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers visiting, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Underground Palace of Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on travel.

Independent Travel

Take No.309 at Dongsancha station to Lintong middle school station, and walk 1.2km to the underground palace of Qinling

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Edited by Winnie/张赢