The Shaohao Tomb (Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is a monument located in the north-east of Jiuxian Village, on the eastern outskirts of the city of Qufu in Shandong Province, China. The monument honors Shaohao, the son of the first mythical Chinese emperor (the Yellow Emperor) and one of the mythical five emperors himself. The monument is unique in China because of its pyramid-shaped stone construction. It consists of a tomb mount that has been covered with stone slabs during the reign of the Song Dynasty emperor Huizong in 1111 CE. The entire pyramid is 28.5 meters wide and 8.73 meters high. On its flat top stands a small pavilion that houses a statue of Shao Hao. The tomb stands in compound with many old trees, chiefly thujas planted on the orders of the emperor Qianlong, who visited the site in 1748.
The rather unusual design of this monument has long attracted
visitors' notice. As Rev. A. Williamson, who visited the site in
The pyramid was not at all to be compared to the Egyptian ones
for size, but of the same shape, and instantly reminded one of
them. Anywhere but in China would we look for such structures. But
this is another indication of the antiquity of the Chinese, and the
oneness of the human race.
- Shou Qiu, nearby site traditionally regarded as the birth place
of the Yellow Emperor