Tomb of Yang Guifei and the Legends of Imperial Consort Yang

Yang Guifei Tomb is the burial place for Yang Yuhuang, the beloved imperial Consort of Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty. The tomb is located at Maweipo, about 12 kilometers northwest of Xingping City, which now is an important cultural relic protected by Shaanxi Province.

Tomb of Yang Guifei
Tomb of Yang Guifei

Who is Yang Guifei?

Yang Guifei (means Imperial Consort Yang) named Yang Yuhuan, was originally from Hongnong Huayin County (the current Huayin City) and later moved to Yongle County (now Ruicheng County). She was a national beauty and versed in music,  and married the Prince Shou when she was 14. She was later summoned into the court to be a lady official and then a lay-novice in an imperial convent, given the name Taizhen. In the fourth year under the reign of Tianbao, she was made imperial concubine with all her family enjoying the great honor and her brother promoted to be the Prime Minister of the country.

In 756, the 15th year under the reign of Tianbao, the rebellion staged by An Lushan broke the peace in the capital, with Emperor Xuanzong running away bringing the concubine with him. However, towards the Maweipo, the army under the command of Chen Xuanli, general commander of the right army killed Yang Yuhuan’s brother and said to the emperor that the rebellion was directly incited by the Yang Family, and that they demanded an immediate death of Yang Yuhuan or they wouldn’t submit to his command.

“The army wouldn’t move in his protection thus pulling an end to the life of the Beauty” the emperor had no way out but gave the order to have her commit suicide by hanging herself. The concubine died a forced death at the age of thirty-eight only.

Tomb of Yang Guifei
Tomb of Yang Guifei

Overview of the Tomb of Yang Guifei

The burial place for the concubine is a tomb-yard, the entrance of which is hung a placard inscribed with the “Tomb for Imperial Consort Yang of the Tang Dynasty. ” On entering the gate, you’ll see a three-bay front hall, the hall for offering sacrifices built in imitation of a classical architecture and the tomb is right behind it. Standing around three meters high, the earth mound is surrounded with laid bricks of gray. Embraced on three-sides is a covered up corridor, the wall of which is inserted with stone-steles of various sizes and styles.

They are all chants or lamentations left by men of letters and celebrities of ensuing dynasties. In recent years the government has paid a lot attention to the reparation work of the tomb, which includes the repairing of the tomb itself, the construction of a wall for the tomb-yard, the stone-stele corridor and the hall for offering sacrifices and an arbor as well. And apart from all these a statue of the Imperial Consort Yang which, carved out of a marble piece, stands six meters high, is erected right in the rear part of the tomb-yard. Now the tomb for the Imperial Consort has become one of the important tourist attractions of Shaanxi Province.

Useful Travel Information

  • Location: 500 meters west of Mazai Town, Xingping County, Xianyang City.
  • Opening hours: 8:00-17:00
  • Entrance fee: CNY 20 per person
  • Recommended visiting time: 1-2 hours

How to Get to the Yang Guifei Tomb

From Xi’an:

  1. Depart from Xi’an West Bus Station, and take a bus heading to Baoji North Line and get off at the Guifei Tomb Station. The journey takes about 60 minutes.
  2. Another option from Xi’an West Bus Station is to take a high-speed bus heading to Xingping. Upon arrival in Xingping, transfer to Bus Route 1 within the city and get off at Guifei Tomb Station.

From Xianyang:

Depart from Xianyang North Bus Station, take a bus heading to Bin County, which takes about 60 minutes. Then, take a taxi to reach the tomb.

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