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“Tomb of Puppet Emperor”
Review of Tomb of Qin Er Shi

Tomb of Qin Er Shi
Reviewed November 9, 2016

“Qin Er Shi” means the “second generation of Qin.” His personal name was Hu Hai. He was the 18th child (youngest son) of Qin Shi Huang (the First Emperor of Qin). He was absolutely not qualified to be the second emperor. But the Eunuch Chancellor Zhao Gao forged Qin Shi Huang’s decree (will) and chose Hu Hai to be his puppet emperor.
Hu Hai was a fatuous emperor who killed many people and lived a more luxurious life than his father. His three-year-reign ended, when Zao Gao plotted to take over the national power completely and forced him to commit suicide. Zhao Gao condemned him and didn’t give him a royal burial. So Hu Hai was buried with civilian status and no temple name was given to him after his death.
Hu Hai’s tomb (i.e., Tomb of Qin Er Shi) is located in the southern slope of Xiqujiang Village, about 10km (6 miles) south of the Xian City centre. As it’s only 4km south of Big Wild Goose Pagoda, I asked my guide to take me there.
When luxurious high-rise apartments were built in the surrounding area, the residents wouldn’t like to have a view of a tomb from their windows. So the area around the tomb was made into a small park in 2010. In the upper section of the park, there was a small tumulus, in which Hu Hai’s body had been laid.
There were two steles in front of the tumulus: one was marked as “Qin Second Generation Emperor Tumulus,” and the other “Hu Hai Tomb.” “Hu Hai Tomb” stele had been terribly vandalised for some reason. On the back of the “Qin Second Generation Emperor Tumulus” stele, a warning to the parents was inscribed in Chinese. As no English translation was provided, my tour guide gave me its summary: “Spoiled children like Hu Hai who are raised by wealthy parents have little or no moral values. As they have any forms of necessary daily life skills or sense of good judgement, they end up with spoiling the whole family (dynasty).”
The park was covered by green lawns; NO FLOWER GARDENS like in the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor in Lishan Garden. There were new sculptures and paintings that had been erected in 2010. A few artefacts were displayed near the tumulus, but they were from the time of Hu Hai’s father, Qin Shi Huang. NO FUTURE EXCAVATION is expected, as there is neither terracotta army nor treasures buried in Hu Hai’s tomb.
So we found it a waste of time to go there. It would be better to visit Shaanxi History Museum instead. But if you really want to visit the Tomb of Qin Er Shi, you should combine your trip with the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. You CANNOT COMBINE YOUR VISIT WITH THE MUSEUM OF QIN TERRA-COTTA WARRIORS AND HORSES, which is in a wrong direction.
This TripAdvisor listing has caused much confusion in the past, as many photos of Terracotta Warriors and Horses have been attached to it. Many mistakenly posted reviews have already relocated, but there still remain a couple of them. I’ve reported to the support team to relocate them as well as all the photos of terracotta warriors, but they refused to do so. So please do not be confused by them. I’m now attaching the correct photos of the tomb of Qin Er Shi, which I hope to be a help to other travellers.
Please note that this tomb is:
1) NOT a part of the Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses in the Emperor Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum Site Park (Lishan Garden), which is located in the eastern suburbs of Lintong County, 35km (22 miles) east of Xi’an City. (Tomb of Qin Er Shi is located in the southern part of Xi’an City.)
2) NOT a part of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor in the Emperor Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum Site Park (Lishan Garden), in which there are pretty flower gardens.
3) NOT a part of the Tomb of Yangling Mausoleum of Han Dynasty (Hanyangling), which is located in Zhangjiawan Village, about 20km (12 miles) north of Xian City.
4) NOT one of the thirteen Tombs of Ming Dynasty, which are located at the foot of Tianshou Mountain, 50km (31 miles) northwest of Beijing City.
5) NOT a part of the Terra Cotta Warriors Of WeiShan, which is a burial pit of Han Dynasty. It is located at the halfway point to Weishan Hill, 43.5km (27 miles) away from Jinan City, the capital of east China's Shandon Province. It has been closed and guarded by the police, but many photos of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses have been mistakenly attached to this listing.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed May 13, 2016

This mausoleum play second fiddle to the more favoured terracotta warriors. However in time to come will also become a great attraction. I was glad that we went up to it. The detail and work continues to be excellent by the authorities.

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed December 2, 2015

This Mausoleum was great and full of fantastic history and relics. Even though it is 2nd behind The Terracotta Warriors it remains a great place to visit.

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed June 13, 2015

great gardens to walk in but nothing really to see. Could have spent time seeing other places, but if you want a relaxing walk then it is nice, also fills in the history of the Warriors.

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is a lovely area near the Terracotta Warriors and is included with admission. It's nice to take a stroll around and snap a few photos but wouldn't be worth a visit on its own. It seems like some active work is being done here so I'm not sure if it might be more interesting in the future.

Date of experience: March 2015
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