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Tomb of Chen Hsian
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Chen Hsian, also named Kuang-hsian or Nan-hai, a native of Chenkeng (now known as Hsiahsing), Kinmen, was born in 1372. Chen was praised as "the first person to pass the imperial examination" and served as the chief executive of Beiping (now Beijing). Prince Yan would like to put Chen in an important position to usurp the then emperor. Chen tried to dissuade Prince Yan from doing so, but in vain. Afterwards, Chen claimed to be ill and went back to his hometown. Prince Yan finally took the throne. A messenger sent by Prince Yan went to ask Chen back, only to find Chen committing suicide as a sign of protest. Chen's tomb, located on the waterfront of southern Houyuan Village and facing the Liaoluo Bay, is ovalshaped.

The location of the tomb is ideal as it lies against mountains and faces the sea. The tomb was completed in 1403. The inscription on a giant stone in back of the tomb was left by Chen's descendants in 1726, when Chen was given an official award for his loyalty. The feature of the tomb is that its structure matches perfectly the surrounding environment. The main arc body of the tomb is made of granite bars, and the tombstone is made of Chuanchou's white stone (high-class granite). The style is simple and elegant

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