Mausoleum of Shao Hao

Mausoleum of Shao Hao (Shaohao lin)  Mausoleum of Shao Hao (Shaohao lin)

The Mausoleum of Shao Hao (also called Yunyang Hill) is the burial place of Shao Hao, one of the five legendary emperors supposed to have ruled China around 4000 years ago. You don't need to go near the site to see the unique pyramidal tomb, which has a history of over 700 years, dating back to the Song Dynasty. Somewhat like its Egyptian counterparts, the Mausoleum is made with large blocks of stone about 25m wide at the base and 6m high. On top of the tomb stands a small temple. Surrounding the mausoleum are city walls, halls and archways.

Shao Hao was one of our ancient five emperors, the son of Huang Emperor. His name means little son of Heaven of the second emperor. He founded the capital in Qiongsang Prefecture, later he moved to Qufu. As an emperor, his reign lasted for 84 years. He has a very long life and died until his 100 years old.

The mausoleum is called the “oriental Pyramid ”, as it is a stone construction with the pyramid shape. As high as 18 meters, the Mausoleum of Shao Hao covers an area of 125 acres. On the top of the mausoleum, there is a stone carved status. Near the statue, there are palaces, palace doors and stone memorial archways and etc. with stone fence all around

In the mausoleum, there are full of Chinese junipers and cypresses, towering ancient trees and green grass. Additionally, there are several tablets and stone carvings. On the stone carvings there record the chronological tables of repairing the tomb and sacrifices in succeeding dynasties.

The domed mound surrounded by a wall and complemented by a square platform with a soul tower for imperial tombs is much more complicated and artistic than earlier clay on stone pyramids, conveying an impression of substance and solemnity.

Location: Eastnorth to Old Village, Qufu.
Entrance Fee: RMB 20
Opening Hours:08:00-17:00
Transportation: Bus 2 from the bus station will drop you there.

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