Illegal tombs occupy ancient prince mausoleum|
2012-4-4 | ONLINE EDITION
A stone sculpture of an ancient Chinese scholar at the site of the ancient Mausoleum of Prince Jingjiang at the foot of Yao Mountain in southern China Guilin City overlooks on the endless rolls of illegal tombs yesterday prior the Qingming Festival, the tomb sweeping day, China's traditional festival of remembering the dead, which falls today this year. Local people have illegally built a total of 60,000 tombs in the past decade inside the mausoleum site, occupying one fourth of the area and seriously damaging its environment. The mausoleum dated back to the 14th Century in Ming Dynasty is a royal burial ground where 11 princes, their princesses and generals of the Ming Dynasty imperial troops were buried. Covering more than 8 square kilometers, it is under the State protection decree for highly treasured historical relics.