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Zhaojun Tomb & Xilituzhao Palace

 Zhaojun Tomb

Located on the bank of Dahei River to the south of Hohhot is Zhaojun Tomb. It is nine kilometers (5.6 miles) away from the downtown area.

Zhaojun Tomb is 33 meters (108.3 feet) high. In front of the tomb there is a flat terrace on which the poem steles are built. When seen from a distance the tomb appears to be deep blue in color.

Zhaojun Tomb, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia

Zhaojun Tomb was built for Wang Zhaojun, one of four famous beauties of ancient China. She was once a female attendant in the imperial palace during the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - 24 A.D.). When the king of the Hun people came looking for a wife, Wang Zhaojun volunteered to marry him. After their marriage, the Western Han and the Hun peoples got along well together for the next 60 years. This is a famous historical event in China.

Zhaojun Tomb covers an area of 1.3 hectares (76.6 acres). Legend has it that in autumn when the grasslands wither, only those on Zhaojun Tomb flourish. So the tomb is also named the Green Tomb. Steles with poems written by ancient personages stand in front of the tomb in memory of Wang Zhaojun.

Getting there:
You can get to the site by public bus No. 14 or tourist buses.

Admission Fee: CNY 65
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 18:00

 Xilituzhao Palace

Xilitu Zhao is the largest lama temple in Hohhot. It is located in Shitou Xiang in the old city of Hohhot, near the Dazhao Temple.

Xilitu means the Seat of Honor in Mongolian. Zhao means the temple. Xilitu Zhao was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) by a nomadic nation. Xilitu Zhao is one of the key historical relics in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. After years of restoration, it has become one of the important tourist attractions.

Xilitu Zhao was built in a traditional layout of the Han's architectural style. The splendid Grand Sutra Hall (Dajing Tang) is its main body. The hall is decorated with color-glazed bricks, in front of which lies a virtue stele bestowed by Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

To the east of the hall, there stands a white stupa at a height of 15 meters (49 feet). Built with carved white marble stones, the stupa is a majestic sight.

Every year, some religious activities are held in the Xilitu Zhao, such as the ritual dance performances and the Buddhist conference.

Getting there:
You may get there by bus No. 6 at the North Gate of the old city.

Admission Fee: CNY 30

 Mongolian People in Hohhot

Mongolian is the major ethnical minority groups reside in Hohhot. Mongolia is what Mongolians called themselves. They originated in the eastern bank of Argun River in seventh century. In the early thirteenth century, Genghis Khan unified all the tribes and his tribe's name Mongol became the name of the whole nationality. After the ruination of Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the Mongols split into several tribes again the grand Mongol Empire became to decline.