The Mausoleum of Wang Zhaojun - Part 2
And then the legends kick in.
On reaching the Daheihe (Big Black River) on the Tumdchuan Plain, the land was frozen and deep snow lay everywhere. The young princess got her pipa out and began to play sweet music, whereupon the snow melted, grass sprouted and the area became hospitable. The Khan and his men were wel impressed with this display of musical talent, and decided to settle down in the area. This began the settlement of the area now occupied by Hohhot, and Wang Zhaojun's mausoleum is just three kilometres south of the bridge over the Daheihe.
The legends continue apace, usually involving the princess - Chinese remember - playing music and everything turning out wonderful. There is absolutely no mention of the - barbarian - Khan. Wang Zhaojun is credited with the "endless and boundless harmony between the Mongolian and Chinese people" (sic). There is a message here: I can understand it, and it reads as chronic and unnecessary insecurity.
The mausoleum provides great views over the plain for as far as the day's factory smoke output allows, but the most poignant view is of the Mongolian tomb lying just 500 metres away to the north-west. What story lies behind this unknown and unvisited ancestor?