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Retired geologist claims discovery of Genghis Khan mausoleum

(People's Daily Online)

08:13, June 14, 2012

Photo shows Chaqikou of Helan Mountains in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Wang Jingwu, a retired geological worker, claimed the mausoleum of Genghis Khan and the imperial mausoleum of Yuan Dynasty are located here. (cnr.cn)

Edited and translated by Ye Xin, People's Daily Online

The discovery of the mausoleum of Genghis Khan will stun the world undoubtedly. Recently, after the research on the history of the Mongolia and the Yuan Dynasty and based on the on-the-spot investigation in the past forty years, a retired geological worker named Wang Jingwu made a conclusion boldly and confidently that both the mausoleum of Genghis Khan and the imperial mausoleum of Yuan Dynasty are located at the Chaqikou in Helan Mountains in north China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Genghis Khan (1162-1227) was the founder and Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death. By the end of his life, the Mongol Empire occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia and China.

Genghis Khan left testament for his burial place to be kept secret, and all the emperors of the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) followed suit. So far not a single Yuan Dynasty emperor's tomb has ever been found.

There is a preexisting mausoleum in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, rebuilt by the government in 1954. Most historians agree that Genghis Khan died in 1227 when going out to battle in the Liupan Mountains in today's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, but they do not agree on where he was buried.

Legend says that the surface of his tomb was trodden smooth by tens of thousands of horses before being planted with trees. The 800 soldiers and over 1,000 laborers who built the grave are said to have been killed to prevent anyone passing on its whereabouts.

Wang Jingwu has provided his research evidences and urged the related departments to carry out archaeological excavations on the mausoleum of Genghis Khan and the imperial mausoleum of Yuan Dynasty as soon as possible.

Source: cnr.cn; Author: Lian Jun

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