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Mawangdui Han Tombs

Introducing to Changsha Mawangdui Han Tombs, Changsha Mawangdui Han Tombs Guide, Changsha Mawangdui Han Tombs Travel Guide
Article from Ministry of Culture P.R. China

The early Han period (early 2nd century BC) tombs of a noble family excavated from 1972 to 1974 at Mawangdui, Changsha, Hunan Province are among the most important archaeological discoveries of the past quarter-century.

Changsha Mawangdui Han Tombs contained the remains of the Marquis Dai, his wife and son, and their most prized possessions. Over 3000 cultural relics and a well-preserved female corpse were unearthed, attracting wide attention home and abroad.

Among the Mawangdui Han Tombs relics were bright-colored lacquer wares representing the highest level of craftsmanship, fine silks showing amazingly accomplished weaving techniques ,and inscriptions on silk demonstrating knowledge and wisdom of the ancient sages. Of all the remains, the most astonishing was the corpse of Xin Zhui, the wife of the first Marquess of Dai, which was extremely well preserved. Most of the artifacts including the corpses can now be found in the Hunan Provincial Museum.

The eastern tomb, Tomb No.1, contained the remains of Lady Xin Zhui. The western tomb, Tomb No. 2, was the burial site of the first Marquis of Dai, Li Cang. He died in 186 BCE. The Han Dynasty had appointed Li Cang as the chancellor of the Kingdom of Changsha. The tomb was plundered several times by grave robbers. Tomb No. 3 was directly south of Tomb No. 1, and contained the tomb of a man in his thirties who died in 168 BCE. The occupant is believed to be the son of Li Cang and his wife. Mawangdui Han Tombs is really worthy of visiting.


Quick Facts on Changsha Mawangdui Han Tombs 

Name: Changsha Mawangdui Han Tombs 
Location: Furong District
Best Time to Visit: All Year
Recommended Time for a Visit: 3 Hours
Opening Hours: 08:00 - 16:30 (Summer); 09:00 - 16:00 (Winter) (Closed on Mondays)
Admission Fee: CNY2

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