Relics from Tang Dynasty palace unearthed in NW China

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Well-preserved relics belonging to a high-terraced building dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) have been unearthed in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, local authorities said Sunday.

The relics, called Chaoyuan Pavilion, constitute a cluster of structures belonging to the ancient Huaqing Palace, one of the main imperial palaces in Lishan Mountain of Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi.

A panorama of Chaoyuan Pavilion. [Photo/]

The Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, which has been doing excavation work at the site since 2018, said the layout, components and construction methods of the relics have been revealed.

"Archaeological excavations have confirmed that it is the only high-terraced building of the Tang Dynasty discovered so far and was built with the best construction techniques of the time," said Xing Fulai, a researcher with the institute.

Chaoyuan Pavilion has witnessed the Tang empire's glory and decay, before it collapsed in early Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). It was rebuilt twice in the Northern Song dynasty and the early Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).

"The archaeological work at the site provides new research materials for understanding the layout of the Huaqing Palace, the structure of Chaoyuan Pavilion and its influence on the architecture of subsequent generations," Xing said. 

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