Zhaojun Tomb is called Green Tomb or Demure Wuerhu in Mongolian,
which means Iron Fortress. It's said that each year when the
weather gets colder, other grass becomes yellow and withered, while
only the grass on this tomb remains green hence the name of Green
Tomb. The tomb has been one of eight famous scenes in Hohhot.
Zhaojun Tomb, made of rammed earth, is 33 meters high, occupying an
area of 1.3 hectare. In front of the tomb stand bronze statues of
Wang Zhaojun and her husband, leader of the Mongolia ethnic group
in Han Dynasty riding on galloping horses and a stone inscription
written by Dong Biwu. In the backyard, there is a display of tablet
inscriptions on Zhaojun Tomb since the Qing Dynasty.
The tomb is surrounded by green grasses and towering ancient trees
towering. Standing on the top of the tomb, you can obtain a
fabulous views of the vast plains and rolling Yinshan Mountains
undulating into the distance.
Wang Zhaojun, also named Qiang, was one of the four well-known
beauties in China's ancient Western Han Dynasty. She was born in
Ping Village, Xingshan County, Hubei Province and selected to
imperial palace because of her beauty. In 33 BC, Huhanye ChanYu,
the emperor of Xiongnu, an nomadic ethnic group in the north, came
to the Han imperial court and ask to be allowed to become an
imperial son-in-law to express his willingness to enter friendly
relations with Han.
Zhaojun then married herself off to the grasslands of her own free
will. In Xiongnu, she was granted as Ning Huqueshi, the queen in
Mongolian. During her life in Xiongnu, she lived in yurt, wore
blankets and furs, ate animal meat and drank milk, showing her
respect for local customs. Besides, she also made great
contributions to remain the good relations between the Han and the
Xiongnu group, and won the respect of local people.
In order to commemorate her, the local people built the tomb after
You can visit herdsmen in the suburb and stay overnight at their
house or in a yurt. The herdsmen are hospitable, kind and simple,
and usually treat the visitors very well. Travelers are advised to
bring some souvenirs with along to express you gratitude for being
received.Tourist buses will bring you there.
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