Qin Shi Huangdi was looking for an elixir of immortality

At the mention of this name, probably the first thing that comes to mind is the terracotta army. A year later, after ascension to the throne at the age of thirteen, Qin Shi Huangdi began to build a tomb, later included in the history of the world, as virtually unparalleled in this scale and grandeur. 8100 terracotta statues of warriors and horses in full size are buried near the mausoleum of the emperor. He wanted the army to accompany him in the other world. In addition to the statues, according to various sources, about 70,000 workers with families were buried and 48 of his concubines were buried.

In general, the Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi was very worried by thoughts of the imminent death. He made various attempts to avoid it. He undertook several special trips, trying to find a means for immortality.

Archaeologists have established that the emperor sent letters to all possessions, with the order to search for an elixir that gives immortality. More than 36,000 historical documents were found at the bottom of an abandoned well. After studying 48 documents related to medicine, the scientists found confirmation of the orders of the emperor. In another document, the city of Dusiung reported that the elixir of immortality is still not found. But the emperor so until the end of his life sought a mythical remedy for death.
And on the cruel irony of fate, Qin Shi Huangdi died taking pills of the «elixir of immortality» containing mercury. Then it was unknown about the toxic properties of mercury. Not surprisingly, he lived only 39 years.
And on the floor of his grave were flowing rivers of mercury, in the magical properties of which Qin Shi Huangdi believed so.