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Spiritual home of Chinese nation: Tomb of the Yellow Emperor

(People's Daily Online)

15:21, July 13, 2012

Photo shows the view of the Tomb of the Yellow Emperor scenic spot in Huangling County, 150 kilometers northwest of Xi'an, the capital city of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province. (chinapic.people.com.cn)

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

The Tomb of the Yellow Emperor is located in Huangling County, 150 kilometers northwest of Xi'an, the capital city of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.

The Yellow Emperor, also known as Xuanyuan, was a famous tribal chief in the area of the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River in remote antiquity, and was regarded as the ancestor of the Chinese nation by later generations. It was said that he was buried at Mount Qiaoshan in this area.

Tradition holds that he reigned from 2697 to 2597 or 2696 to 2598 BC. His cult became prominent in the late Warring States and early Han period, when he was portrayed as the originator of the centralized state, a patron of esoteric arts, a cosmic ruler, and a lord of the underworld.

Yellow Emperor has been regarded as the primogenitor of the Chinese nation together with Emperor Yan, so the Chinese of later generations have claimed themselves as "Yanhuang Zisun (the offspring of the Yellow Emperor and Emperor Yan)".

Hence, the Tomb of the Yellow Emperor can be regarded as the spiritual home of the Chinese nation.

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