16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Spirit Way to Empress Wu & Emperor Gaozong's Tombs

Wu was the concubine of Emperor Taizong. After his death, she married his successor, his son, Emperor Gaozong. After Gaozong's stroke, she became sole officially recognized empress of China. She is buried next to Emperor Gaozong.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China, China
Copyright: © Diana Chang