How to visit the Tomb of Wangjian – Yongling Mausoleum

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Plan your Chengdu Tour? The Tomb of Wangjian is worth your visiting if you are interested in Chinese history. During his living years (847-918), Wangjia was once a general in in later Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). After Tang Dynasty was finished in 907, the whole country went apart and entered the chaotic period of the Five Dynasties and Ten States (907 – 960).

He established the Former Shu Kingdom in 907 here. The founding of the former Shu kingdom greatly enchanced the development of the society, speeded up economic and cultural development as well. He died in 918. His son, Wangyan succeeded him. He lost his power in 925 to Houtang Dynasty largely due to his negligence and indulgence.

The Tomb of Wangjian, or built into a museum known as Yongling Museum, is located in the downtown of Chengdu city at Fuqin Dong Road (the road has been renamed as Yongling Road). It is easity accessible for public transportation, buses, taxi and bikes.

THis tomb was unearthed in 1942, and plentiful valuable artifacts were discovered in the tomb though the tomb had been robbed of its treasures over time. It is a shame that at the time of my writing, visitors are not allowed to take pictures inside the chambers of the tomb.

The tomb was composed of three chambers – front, middle and rear with a length of 23.4 meters and width of 6.1-6.4 meters. The three chambers were connected by three wooden doors.  His coffin was laid on the middle chamber and his life size statue was set in the rear chamber.

Around his coffic chamber, 24 music players holding different folk music instruments are vivid in expressions, which presents the grand palace music in later Tang Dynasty and the Five Dynasties and Ten States.

Among others, the Tomb of Wangjian has the important feature – it is the first imperial tomb built above the ground whic has been well kept for over 1000 years.

On March 04, 1961, the Tomb of Wangjian was listed as the state level protection relics.

Entrance Fee: RMB 30
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 16:50
Suggested Visit Time : One hour
Bus Lines: 25, 46, 42, 48, 54

The entrance to the Yongling Museum ( the Tomb of Wangjian)

The entrance to the Yongling Museum ( the Tomb of Wangjian)

 

The travel map of the Tomb of Wangjian

The travel map of the Tomb of Wangjian

The Holy Way to the Tomb of Wangjian

The Holy Way to the Tomb of Wangjian

The Official Guide to the Tomb of Wangjian

The Official Guide to the Tomb of Wangjian

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