Beijing Dabaotai Xi Han Dynasty Tomb Museum is a very unique emperor site museum. It was built up more than two thousand years ago in the site of the underground palace of Liu Jian (73 B.C. to 45 B.C.), who is the Guanyanqing Feudal Prince in the Western Han Dynasty.
The museum is located at Fengtai District near Beijing World Park. It covers an area of 18,000 square meters. Its main exhibition contents include the underground originally site, unearthed culture relics and Exhibition of China Mausoleums for the Emperors in different Dynasties. Moreover, it further includes the participating projects in unique style, such as archaeological study simulation, amusement activities relate to Han Dynasty Culture and etc.
The underground palace is very large in scale, and its construction is special. It adapts "System of the Sons of the Heaven", namely, the highest level funeral specific system used by the emperors of the Western Han Dynasty. It is called as "Xin Palace, Bian House and Huangchangticou". The whole palace is built by the several hundreds cubic meters cypresses and chinaberries. The length from its south to north is 23.2 meters, while the width from east to west is 18 meters. It is 4.7 meters under the earth surface.
Three carriages and eleven horses are buries together in the tomb channel. They are both real carriages and horse in practical use. According to the history records, they are "the carriages with red spots wheel and green cover" which is designated for the prince and dukes. There are more than one thousand unearthed cultural relics, includes cooper ware, iron ware, jade ware, agate utensils, golden leaf, pottery and textile products. The palace site and the carriage and horse relics is the precious material objects to study Chinese Han Culture and the history of Beijing, and is the sole large scale Han Tomb site in complete condition preserved in the original cite in China.
Address: Near Beijing World Party at Fengtai District in Beijing.
Telephone: 63816427, 63816688
Opening Time: 9:00 a.m. to 16:00 p.m.
Ticket: 10 yuan (US$1.2)
Bus Routes: Bus 340, 352, 937 or tour bus to World Park.
(China.org.cn August 13, 2003)