We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Yellow Emperor's Mausoleum

7 Reviews

The Yellow Emperor's Mausoleum

7 Reviews
Plan your visit
10 Days Xi'an & Luoyang & Pingyao Ancient Town Tour
$3,200.00 per adult
Full view
Location
Contact
Yangping Town, Lingbao 472541 China
Best nearby
0Restaurantswithin 5 miles
2Other Attractionswithin 5 miles
7Reviews0Q&A
Traveler rating
  • 1
  • 4
  • 1
  • 1
  • 0
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Pengilld wrote a review May 2017
Crows Nest, Australia218 contributions121 helpful votes
This is a great site to visit on the way to /from the kukou waterfall and /or Yanan and well worth the slight detour. If you need to make a choice between this and the waterfall , choose this one. It costs 90rmb The first Major things to see are the massive old cypress pine trees. One is 5000 years old And was supposedly planted by the yellow emporer himself. Another is 3500 years old and was used to hang the generals ' armour up before they went to battle. The second is the mausoleum and the entry courtyard. It's been built recently, however, is size, arrangement and architecture is very impressive. The mausoleum itself echoes the design of the pantheon in Rome as well as the size and austerity of the buildings in Berlin (so unlike Chinese architecture). It is elegant in its minimalism, relying on its size and massive oracle in the ceiling to make one feel in the presence of something historical. A sole 6m stone Steele draws your attention with a representation of the emporer. On the back is a description. The courtyard is impressive and as big as any of those in Beijing's forbidden city. In my opinion, it is more impressive than those in the forbidden city because it is perched atop a hill and doesn't have any walls, so it is only bounded by the hills which are kilometres away. Being new and housing huge metal urns and yellow flags lining the perimeter, you feel like you are on one of the movie sets set in ancient times. One of the pavilions houses poetry from the emporer and Mao (of course, all government tourist sites have infused some link to the NPR, especially as the yellow Emporer is critically important to the modern Chinese search for "roots") . There is also a pavilion at which you can pay 5Rmb and burn incense to pray for the success of your future generations (giving thanks to the yellow emporer and the success he brought). However, be careful of the scam in which one of the guys says prays out loud for you as you bow and then demands 130rmb when you're finished. Just shoo him away. There is also broader grounds and a beautiful lake to enjoy. Well worth a few hours of you are in the neighborhood.
Read more
Date of experience: May 2017
Helpful
Share
ihui wrote a review Apr 2016
Manila, Philippines1,048 contributions154 helpful votes
+1
Nothing really good or bad about this place. The mausoleum itself is simple and spacious. There's a temple inside. You need to buy the incense. After that, be careful, the merchant would try to sell you a lot of stuffs. She would said that these are for your family's wishes/ protection/ prosperity etc. Then in the end, it comes with a price tag. An expensive one. You need to take an electric car (separate fee) to the tomb itself. Well, just to the entrance actually. The walk/climb up to the tomb takes around 15 minutes. Along the way, you'll meet some persistent vendors of little stuffs. If you're not interested, just completely ignore them. The tomb itself is quite simple. Totally not extravagant as I had imagined.
Read more
Date of experience: March 2016
Helpful
Share
Tim R wrote a review Dec 2015
Kamloops, Canada709 contributions102 helpful votes
I am sure this was a good Mausoleum but after 3 days of sight seeing, this was not spectacular to visit. Saw it as part of a 2 night tour out of Xian.
Read more
Date of experience: November 2015
Helpful
Share
LG_Kay wrote a review Sep 2015
Singapore, Singapore7,499 contributions1,340 helpful votes
+1
I visited this place as part of 2D1N Yanan/Hukou tour from Xian. The complex is rather big and one can easily spend 2 hours exploring the temple, tomb and its surrounding area. The main sights in this scenic spot are Huangdi Mausoleum and Xuanyuan Temple. In order to visit the tomb at the hill top, it is recommended to take the car ride (20 yuan) to conserve energy.
Read more
Date of experience: August 2015
Helpful
Share
Travelingmaven wrote a review Jun 2013
Chicago, IL292 contributions159 helpful votes
There's an old story that the Yellow Emperor, Huangdi, the ancestor of the Chinese people, was assumed into heaven on the back of a yellow dragon, leaving behind only his clothes.Those clothes are now buried at/in Huangling County, Yan'an City, Shaanxi Province, China. To mark the spot, and to celebrate the Yellow Emperor, there's a large memorial hall, with courtyard that can hold 10,000 people, primarily on "tomb-sweeping" day. Yellow flags flap in the breeze, and steps lead to the main hall where a giant statue of the emperor sits. An opening in the ceiling serves as a sun dial. Much of the symbolism and import may be lost on Westerners. There are a LOT of stairs to climb; the scale, as with many modern and ancient monuments in China, is huge, requiring a lot of walking. You can take an electric bus to the 300 stairs up to the spot where the Emperor's clothes are entombed. The stairs lead to the top of a mountain where there is a grass-covered, stone-surrounded earthen tomb. The stairs lead through a pretty cypress-forested area. The Yellow Emperor is still a major folk hero, and his mausoleum/tomb is one of the most important sites for Chinese in China, but I'm unsure whether a visit is anything I would do again (as a Westerner), because, quite honestly, it is newly built.
Read more
Date of experience: June 2013
Helpful
Share
Frequently Asked Questions about The Yellow Emperor's Mausoleum
    When is The Yellow Emperor's Mausoleum open?
    The Yellow Emperor's Mausoleum is open:
    • Sun - Sat 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    Buy tickets in advance on Tripadvisor. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
    Do you need to book in advance to visit The Yellow Emperor's Mausoleum?
    We recommend booking The Yellow Emperor's Mausoleum tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 1 The Yellow Emperor's Mausoleum tours on Tripadvisor