Yangshan Stele narrates that in 1405 when Emperor Yongle Zhu Di rose up to capture the throne of his nephew and in order to win people’s support and stabilize the political situation, he decided to set up a giant stone tablet to praise the great achievements of Zhu Yuanzhang. As a result, he gathered more than one thousand craftsmen across the nation and spent more than 300 days excavating three pieces of monument stone blocks on Yangshan. While the monument is composed of the stele head, stele body and stele base, it seems that the stone blocks were cut off along the mountain with a huge axe from the view of the construction supervision path. According to the excavation situation of the monument’s Stele body, its stele head is 6 meters high, 11.74 meters wide, 4.6 meters thick and weighs 862 tons, its Stele body is 25 meters high, 9.84 meters wide, 4 meters thick and weighs 2,617 tons, and the stele base 8.59 meters high, 11.64 meters wide, 23.3 meters long and 6,198 tons in weight, with the total height of the three pieces of stone blocks about 40 meters and weight up to 9,677 tons.
Ask the stele,How many workers died when the project start to end? Maybe the tomb village reveal the secret.Why is this stele abandoned? Poems by Yuan Mei, a poet in the Qing Dynast："Immortal Zhou Dian laughed. Tianwei is so poor",show some clues,Perhaps the capital has moved northwards, and there is no time for it? Or the stele is too large to be transported? They said："This monument has been empty for hundreds of years",Leave us future generations unlimited reverie.
Yangshan has no words on the stele. How many souls live in the grave? Who knows the cruelty of history