Dig and you shall unearth the most unexpected things! Discovered in a hotel construction site in 1983, the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, Zhao Mo revealed a fascinating repository of cultural artefacts spanning the Chinese landscape and beyond. This fascinating site is one midst a plethora of historical attractions dotting the vibrant landscape of Guangzhou, and the best way to experience the wonders of the city is through investment in Guangzhou long stay accommodation. A prime pick comes in the form of the Springdale Serviced Residence Guangzhou. Home to a handsome selection of luxury Guangzhou serviced apartments an excursion in the city is guaranteed to be truly unforgettable. The Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King is a stunning record of over 2,000 years of Guangzhou history that is perfectly preserved. It boasts the splendid tomb of Emperor Zhao Mo, and assorted funerary artefacts dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), in addition to some fine examples of architecture that captures the grandeur of the Lingnan area. Enclosed around twenty metres underground, the tomb’s construction comprises 750 immense stones decorated with colourful murals. It contains over 1,000 cultural relics in the world of terra cotta and bronze pieces that exemplify the Nanyue Culture. Amongst the more gruesome artefacts unearthed were the remnants of 15 human sacrifices in the form of royal courtiers who were buried alive to serve the emperor in death. Other fascinating objects also bear witness to central Chinese culture, the Bashu Culture, the Chu culture, the northern grassland culture as well as assorted foreign cultures such as Iranian, Hellenistic, and Persian artefacts. The tomb’s most priceless and unique artifact is a burial garment composed entirely of jade interlinked with silk. Although jade garments have been found elsewhere, this is the world’s only example of jade-silk vestments, a true rarity of culture.
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