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Travelogue: By Country | By Date China | July 2001  


The tomb itself, one of our first wrong stops on the bus, remains unexcavated. It lies within an inner wall and beneath a four-sided pyramid mound that was originally landscaped to appear as a low, wooded mountain. The interior is reputedly a vast underground palace that took about 700,000 conscripted workmen more than 36 years to complete. Today the mound has a stairway and lots of tourists running up it.

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