Genghis Khan Mausoleum
Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum is situated about 50km (31 miles) from Dongshen near Innner Mongolia’s border with Shanxi. By the time of his death in 1227, Genghis Khan had established an empire stretching across Asia from Korea in the east to Hungary in the west. Today the mausoleum is a holy site to many Mongolians.
The mausoleum covers an area of 5 hectares and comprises 3 yurt shaped palaces, with blue and white walls topped with domes of glazed yellow tiles. The halls are all connected and the central hall houses a 5 meter (52ft) statue of Khan against the backdrop of a map of his 13th century empire.
There is some dispute as to whether the relics housed here have any real connection with Genghis Khan but this is still an interesting site as it serves as a pilgrimage place for Mongolians and those interested in Khan.