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Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), Beijing

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A complex of mausoleums housing the tombs of thirteen Ming emperors, Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling) represents the largest imperial burial area in China and a World Heritage Site. Carefully laid out in line with feng shui principles, the tomb area covers 120 sq km (46.3 sq mi), each mausoleum occupying an independent section. Walk along the 7 km (4 mi) route leading you into the complex, flanked by guardian statues of camels, elephants, horses, and soldiers--at the end, its impressive gate ranks among the largest stone arches in China. Explore pavilions displaying imperial seals, scrolls, robes, and other regalia, and admire a huge statue of a turtle god carrying a memorial tablet. Note that only three out of 13 tombs are open to the public. Using our online itinerary creator, Beijing attractions like Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • i had a free day in Beijing before I started a 15 day tour but felt like I should fit something else in and chose a half day trip to the Ming tombs - my personal view is that the Chinese have a long w...  more »
  • You will be in awe of how much land is dedicated to the tombs. I highly recommend a guide or read about this before going. There is a lot of history that is buried here (pun intended). It is a very pe...  more »
  • We visited this location because it was included with our Great Wall tour but honestly could've done without it. Not much to see besides some artifacts and a recreated sacrificial ceremony that was pr...  more »
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  • Amazing statues, ShiHuangdi's temple, this part of Beijing is a must-see.
  • Definitely a must to see. So much history to see and learn about. If you are close or in town you must stop by.
  • This is an amazing historical landmark about an hour from Beijing. If you're in the city for longer than a couple days this site is a must-see. The complex of tombs and buildings is enormous, though, so plan on spending a whole day here.
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  • This is another of the Ming Dynasty tombs, which is also located in beautiful surroundings.