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Newly discovered sleeping palace in Shenyang may belong to Nurhachi

(People's Daily Online)

10:30, July 04, 2012

Archaeological workers from Shenyang Institute of Cultural Relics conduct excavation at the site of a sleeping palace supposed to belonging to Nurhachi in downtown Shenyang, capital city of northeast China's Liaoning Province on July 2, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhang Wenkui)

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

Recently, a cultural relics dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) was found in downtown Shenyang, capital city of northeast China's Liaoning Province.

Judging from the building materials, it should belong to a prince. The experts estimated that the relics may be the early sleeping palace of Nurhachi (1559-1626), founder of Later Jin Dynasty (1616-1636), which preceded the Qing Dynasty.

It is said that the relics has been under preliminary excavation.

Nurhachi, the Manchu ruler, laid the foundation of the Qing Dynasty. After his death, Nurhachi was given the title of Qing Taizu when the dynasty was founded, meaning the first emperor of the Qing Dynasty.

He was born in a Manchu slave-owner family in today's Xinbin County in Liaoning Province in 1559 and died from diseases at the age of 68 in 1626. His father and grandfather were nobles of a Nuzhen tribe in northern China and served as frontier officials for the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Due to his noble birth, Nurhachi from little age had excelled in martial art.

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