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Xuzhou Attractions--Tortoise Hill Tomb


The Tortoise Hill Tomb is the tomb for Liu Zhu and his wife, the sixth Prince and Princess of Chu State. It is 83 meters long and 33 meters wide, covering an area of more than 700 square meters, and consists of 15 tomb chambers. Everything needed in daily life is found in the bedroom, dinning room, stable and kitchen which can still be seen in what is essentially a splendid under ground palace.
Xuzhou is near to Shandong, Henan, and Anhui Province, located in the boundary of south and north of China, belongs to warm temperate monsoonal climate zone. The feature of the climate is warm, temperate rainfall and has a distinct four seasons. The annual average temperature is 14℃. Tourists can travel there in four seasons.


The construction of the tomb is a matter of wonder since the tomb was dug from two opposite directions and joined inside the middle of the hill. It is hard to understand how the builders at that time calculated so precisely (with the maximum deviation of 5 millimeters) without any modern equipment. Every passage of the tomb is blocked up by 26 blocks of stone, each of which is as heavy as 6 or 7 tons. Such a carefully dug and polished gigantic tomb project is a superb piece of art and a tribute to ancient Chinese craftsmen.

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