Prophetic Warning Saves Tomb of Princess

Beijing's Foxiangge in the Summer Palace was built to appease the ghost of a princess. (Image: Blodgett Esq. via Compfight cc)
Beijing's Foxiangge in the Summer Palace was built to appease the ghost of a princess. (Image: Blodgett Esq. via Compfight cc)

Chinese people always say that ancestors’ tombs shouldn’t be carelessly relocated; it might bring disaster to do so.

During the Qing Dynasty, the Qianlong Emperor wanted to build a large palace at Wànshòu Shān (Longevity Hill), just outside Beijing. But some people said that a very ruthless princess was buried in an ancient tomb under Longevity Hill, so the ancestor’s tomb, including the grass and trees, should be protected, and not be relocated. The Qianlong Emperor ignored this advice, and decided to build his palace at Longevity Hill. When the stone door of her tomb was opened, the other side of the door had several words engraved: “If you do not disturb me, I won’t harm you.”

The Qianlong Emperor immediately realized how prophetic these words were, and told his workers to put the soil back right away. He then built a huge temple on the mountain, in order to quell the ghosts in that tomb. This big temple was Foxiangge (the Tower of Buddhist Incense), located within the Beijing Summer Palace.

Research: Lulu and Renee L.

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