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Zhaojun Tomb

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Zhaojun Tomb, six miles to the south of Hohhot, is located on one of the most beautiful scenes of ancient times. A legend says that each year, in ancient times, when it turned cold and the grass became yellow, only this tomb remained green and so it got the name Green Tomb (Qing Zhong).


The Zhaojun Tomb , located by the Dahei River nine kilometers south of Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, the People's Republic of China, is said to be the resting place of Wang Zhaojun, a commoner woman from the Chinese Han Empire who married a Xiongnu Chanyu. The cemetery is 13,000 m², with a 33 metre mound containing Zhaojun's coffin, making it a landmark of the region. It is noted for its attractive scenery. The tomb itself was built during Western Han Dynasty before Christ. It is one of the largest Han Tombs still existing in China. More than one tomb was built for the great lady Zhaojun, because local Mongolian people love her and have admired her for generations after generations. 


The first Chinese mention of the cemetery in written record is in the Tang Dynasty, by Du You in A Comprehensive Guide.


It is referred to as Temur Urkhu by the local Mongols, meaning "Iron Wall". The nickname "Green Mound" refers to a legend that in autumn, when grass and trees wither, those plants on the cemetery mound continue to prosper.