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The Great White Pyramid (Maoling Mausoleum), Xi'an, ChinaMaoling Mausoleum. Image Attribution: Jon Himoff
About 25 miles northwest of the huge city of Xi'an, in the centre of China, lie dozens of historical mausoleums - known as 'The Pyramids of China.' One of the most famous of these is the Maoling Mausoleum; noted because it is both the biggest and the final resting place of one of the Western Han dynasty's most beloved rulers.
During his 54-year reign between 140 and 87 AD, Emperor Wudi, also known as Liu Che, constructed this huge monument in his glory. It took no less than 53 of those years to complete, and is rumoured to have cost a third of the entire state tax. According to records there were so many burial objects stuffed inside the tomb, there was barely even enough space to fit in the man himself following his demise.Read more about the Maoling Mausoleum at Heritage Key!