The so-called pyramids of China are actually ancient mausoleums and burial mounds. About 38 of them are located around 25 kilometres (16 mi) – 35 kilometres (22 mi) north-west of Xi’an, on the Qin Chuan Plains in Shaanxi Province. The most famous is the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, North-east of Xi’an and 1.7 km west of where the Terracotta Warriors were found. Google Earth clearly shows many of them and includes Panoramio photographs of many. They have flat tops, and thus are more similar in shape to the Teotihuacan pyramids north-east of Mexico City, Mexico than to the pyramids in Giza, Egypt. Although known in the West for at least a century, their existence has been made controversial by sensationalist publicity and the problems of Chinese archaeology in early 20th century.
Partial list of Chinese pyramids.
Mount Li mausoleum (or Qin Shi Huang mausoleum) is the largest Chinese pyramid. The original height is 76 metres (249 ft), the present height is 47 metres (154 ft), and the size is 357 metres (1,171 ft) x 354 metres (1,161 ft).
Maoling mausoleum (or Great White Pyramid) is the second largest Chinese pyramid. The size is 222 metres (728 ft) x 217 metres (712 ft). It contains the tombs of emperor Wudi (156-87 BCE) of the Han dynasty and some family members and proteges.
Inner Mongolian pyramid, situated about 1 km (0.62 mi) north of Sijiazi Town, Aohan County , vestige of the Hongshan culture. The site of Niuheliang contains a pyramidal structure too.
Yangling mausoleum contains the tomb of Wudi’s father, Jingdi.
The eighteen mausoleums of the Tang Dynasty emperors in the valley of the Wei River north of the Qinling Mountains. Some are among the biggest Chinese mausoleums, such as Qianling , joint tomb of Emperor Gaozong of Tang and of the Empress Wu Zetian. It is a natural hill shaped by man.
Janggun-chong (Jiangjunzhong ) Step Pyramid in Jilin, “Tomb of the General”, is supposed to be the mausoleum of King Jangsu (Ko. Ch.) (413-491), king of Goguryeo, an ancient Korean kingdom. It belongs to the Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom on the World heritage list. Nearby is the Taewang-neung / Taiwangling Pyramid believed to be the burial of King Gwanggaeto the Great (Ko. Ch.) (391-413); while twice bigger than Janggun-chong, it is in bad shape and Janggun-chong is touted as the touristic highpoint of the site.
The Western Xia tombs of the Tangut Empire near Yinchuan in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, northwestern China, a large number of tombs covering some 50 km2 (19 sq mi) are referred to as ‘Chinese Pyramids’.
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