Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum

Known as Emperor Taizu of the Yuan Dynasty and also named Temujin, Genghis Khan (1162-1227) is a leader of the Mongol tribe, as well as a strategist and a statesman.DSCF2294

Among all the significant rulers in Chinese history, Genghis Khan was  one of the greatest. He was the founder of Mongol Empire and the  sequential Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and by the end of his life, the  Mongol Empire occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia and China.DSCF2292

The present Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum was built in 1954 in Erdos city,  about 185 km from Baotou, the largest city of Inner Mongolia.DSCF2293

Most people believe that this mausoleum is not where he was actually  buried but is rather a gathering place for Mongolian people to worship  the spirit of the mighty Genghis Khan. The great ruler’s real burial  place still remains a mystery. The mausoleum consists of three grand halls, which are shaped like Mongolian yurts.DSCF2303

The joss sticks and candles in the halls of the tomb burn all year round. Every year, four grand sacrificial ceremonies are held here to commemorate Genghis Khan, a hero of the Mongolian people.DSCF2300

These pictures were taken at the mausoleum, as part of my trip to Inner Mongolia.