Location: on the bank of the Dahei River, 9 km south of Hohhot City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (aka. Neimenggu Province).
Opening time: 08:00-18:00.
Best time for visit: April-October.
Travel tips: Travelers can also visit life of the herdsmen in the suburb of Hohhot and stay overnight in a yurt.
Zhaojun Museum, namely the Zhaojun Tomb which is said to be the resting place of Wang Zhaojun is located by the Dahei River in 9km north of Hohhot City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China.With a history of nearly 2000 years, the tomb is one of the largest Han tombs in China and has been renovated for several times since the foundation of People’s Republic of China in 1949. In 1964, Zhaojun Tomb was listed as one of the key culture relic units of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Nowadays, Zhaojun Tomb is one of the eight most famous and popular tourist attractions in Hohhot.
In history, Wang Zhaojun whose real name was Wang Qiang and the literary name was Zhaojun was known as one of the Four Beauties of ancient China. Born in Zigui County (namely today’s Xingshan County of Hubei Province), she was elected as a concubine candidate to enter the harem in 37 BC. In 33 BC, in the situation that both Han and Xiongnu people were pressing for national peace, Wang Zhaojun asked to marry Huhanye Chanyu (the leader of Xiongnu) and made a great contribution to maintain a peaceful coexistence relationship between the Han and Xiongnu nationalities for nearly half a century. Since then, both the economy and culture of Xiongnu had been developed, so she was deeply loved by Xiongnu and Han people. After Wang Zhaojun went to Xiongnu, the advanced culture and techniques of Han Dynasty were introduced to the local and promoted the development of the region. During her life in Xiongnu, she lived in yurt, wore blankets and furs, and drank milk, showing her respect for local customs. After her death, her children continued her work of maintaining the amicable relationship between Han and Xiongnu. And the story of “Zhaojun’s life
beyond the Great Wall” has become a household tale and a popular subject in Chinese poetry, drama and novels. Due to her beauty and contribution to the peace, Wang Zhaojun was regarded as one of the four beauties in ancient China.
In the past 2000 years, legends and stories about her have been widely known and spread among the people. Since Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, there has been numerous works of poetry, painting, opera and song about Wang Zhaojun, forming the “Zhaojun Culture”. Famous modern historian Jian Bozan praised: “Wang Zhaojun is not a figure, but a symbol, a symbol of national friendship. Zhaojun Tomb is not a grave, but a historical monument of national friendship.” Nowadays, Zhaojun Tomb has been a world famous tourist destination as a bright pearl in northern grassland.
Recently, the Zhaojun Tomb has been renamed Zhaojun Museum. The newly completed Zhaojun Museum covers an area of 132,000 square meters, comprised of the Museum of Hun Culture, Chanyu Big Tent, Welcome Garden, Zhaojun House, and Center of Arts and Literature.
Among all the buildings in Zhaojun Museum, the Museum of Hun Culture is the world’s only museum about Huns; Chanyu Big Tent is the main construction in Zhaojun Museum, covering a building area of 1800 square meters; Zhaojun House is the copy of Zhaojun’s home in Xingshan County of Hubei Province; The Welcome Garden and Center of Arts and Literature are also very characteristic.
Xilamuren Grassland is one of the must-see attractions in Inner Mongolia. In Mongolian language,Xilamuren means “yellow water,and some people would like to call it “Zhao River”.
Resonant Sand Gorge means “the desert with horns” in the Mongolian language. Located the east side of Kubuqi Desert, this site is in a crescent shape with gold color.
The Wudangzhao Monastery is not only the largest lamasery in Inner Mongolia but also the best preserved. This monastery is impressive and majestic.