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Mausoleum of the Yellow Emperor (Huang Di Ling)

Another noteworthy site in Yan’an in Shaanxi is the burial site of Huang Di, China’s notorious Yellow Emperor. One of the prominent and storied emperors of China, Huang Di was an important advocate for Daoism in China, which legend has that he discovered in his later years. Upon his passing, story has it that he left for heaven leaving only his emperor’s cap and clothes.
Located on the Qiao Mountain just north of Yan’an, the mausoleum has historically been a place for generations of predecessors to give offerings to the Emperor. The tomb was later enshrined around 700 A.D during the Tang Dynasty. The mausoleum is divided in two sections: the Huang Di Tomb area and the Xuanyuan Temple. Visitors can pay respects to the emperor and the Daoist gods respectively. The site of the tomb also has a number of cypress trees, making it one of the oldest and most important cypress forests in the country.
As Yan’an is becoming a popular stopping point in the province, on the way to Xi’an or on a journey to China’s northern desert, this Mausoleum is a great place to spend an afternoon. Visitors can easily spend a few hours wandering around the cypress forest, temple and tomb.

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