Lion Hill Tomb of Chu King
The Lion Hill Tomb that one can find in Xuzhou City in the eastern province of Jiangsu has been dug up for the Chu State prince, Liu Wu who ruled the place when the Han Dynasty was at its peak. Visitors can see a number of terracotta horses and warriors installed near the tomb, about 300 meters from it, and they represent the forces that are assigned the job of protecting the tomb.
The tomb of Chu King was discovered in the mid 90s when a group of archeologists were inspecting the entire area. Covering a vast area of 851 square kilometers, the tomb’s length extends up to 117 meters. The entire tomb area is divided into sections – the chambers, door yard, inner passage and outer passage.
In addition to the extensive vigor of the Lion Hill Tomb, its scope is pretty vast. The above mentioned features are what makes this tomb special and attracts hordes of tourists each year. The tourists visiting this tomb are required to walk down towards the excavation site to explore the place. The excavated area is pretty dark and soggy. This is also the area where you tourists will see different collections of tools and artifacts, in addition to the king’s tomb. The entire excavation area is surrounded by a large building.
What to watch out for?
1. The Big Chambers
You cannot leave the Lion Hill Tomb without exploring its big chambers. This is where you will find some of the best attractions of this historical site. Cultural relics numbering more than 2000 pieces can be seen in these chambers. Most of these relics are made of bronze, silver, gold, iron, stone, pottery and jade. In fact, some of the jade artifacts found at this place are so expensive that it is a matter of time before they will be regarded as the national treasures. The image of king is another major draw of this place. According to historians, the king has lived in the area some 2100 years ago. His skeletons are preserved in a good condition in the chambers of this tomb.
2. Colorful Stalls
If you love collecting souvenirs about the place you visit, then the colorful stalls you will encounter near the entrance of the Lion Hill Tomb will excite you. This is the place where you can have the collectibles that will provide you with necessary details of this place. For those who love collecting booklets and postcards, these stalls are worth a visit.
3. Terracotta Warriors Museum
Terracotta figures of warriors can be found in the museum located close to the Lion Hill Tomb. Interestingly, these terracotta figures were discovered accidentally during excavation across seven dug out pits. All these terracotta warriors can be traced back to the Han Dynasty that ruled this place several thousand years back. The discovery of these warriors that belonged to an era several hundreds of years ago has been hailed as one of the most important discoveries to have taken place in China.
Though the statues found are much smaller and delicate as compared to those in Xi’an and elsewhere, these tiny figures do have retain charm of their own and therefore is a must visit place for all tourists visiting Xuzhou City. Each of the soldiers you will see here are equipped with different kinds of weapons, indicating different roles they were assigned during their times.