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Tomb of Huang Pian
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Huang Pian, also named Liang-fu or Tong-chiao, was a native of Wenshui (now known as Houshuitou), Kinmen. He married Ms. Lu and had three sons. His first son, Huang Wei, was a famous person of virtue. In 1514, Huang Wei passed the imperial examination and held a post as an official in the Ministry of Justice. Because of Huang Wei's achievements, Huang Pian was also conferred upon an official title after his death. He was buried at the foot of Mount Shiku near Yingken Village, Kinsha Township. At that time, some family members even guarded the tomb and lived with another Huang clan from Shiyuan. Thus, the "Yingken" village was formed. The Tomb of Huang Pian is magnificent. There is an arch with wood carvings in relief in the center. The two pillars of the arch are inscribed with "Wen Shui Huang Kong Lu Shi
Mu." There are two rectangular stone plates on the burial mound passing through the screen stone in the back. The both sides of the screen stone are carved with a dragon-head pattern. The Tomb of Huang Pian is also called "Ma Tsai Tomb," which is located on a hill with a panoramic view. The completion date of the tomb is estimated to be after 1527. There are two walls on either side of the tomb altar, which look like a person's hands and thus are called "tomb hands." The first tomb hand is carved with a dragon head, while the other is carved with a lion. The center of the base of the tomb altar is carved with a butterfly pattern, while the base of the tomb hands is carved with a tiger pattern. A stone horse, standing on the left front side of the tomb, features its lifting leg as if it were going to take a step. The stone pillars as well as the arch in front of the tomb have fallen down for a long time. The arch has four pillars; the top of the two
central pillars are carved with stone lions, while the two next to the central ones are carved as pens. There are four complete tombs built in the Ming dynasty all over Kinmen. Among them, the Tombs of Chen Chen and his son feature a tomb gazebo and a narrow, tall tombstone with few decorative patterns, while the tombs of Huang Pian and his son feature a wide, short tombstone and a delicate square burial mound and have no gazebo. As a result, it is evident that the four tombs were designed and completed by different craftsmen.

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