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Tombs of the Tibetan Kings
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The Tombs of the Tibetan Kings actually include Tsampos, their wives and officials.
The rammed earth on the tombs has become hills melting into the natural hilly scenery.
According to Tibetan documents, there are 21 tombs here, in 1989, the Cultural Relics Administration Committee of Tibet Autonomous Region conducted a joint survey with the Archaeology Institute under the Sichuan University.
The experts found 11 tombs. The tombs are flat on top and piled with earth and rock.
Looking like small hills, it still takes over 40 minutes to climb onto the highest tomb.
The earliest tomb is said to be that of Zhigung Tsampo.
At the waist of the mountain just below the main peak, there is the highest tomb among all the others.
The lions were carved from a single rock. The simple decoration and majestic style are obviously related with the stone sculptures guarding tombs of the Tang Dynasty which existed at roughly the same time with the Tubo Kingdom.