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. Planning Beijing trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • A lot of walking and kilometers to see reproductions of tombs.. .nothing of grandiose... only the historical explanation by a guide is interesting
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  • The Ming tomb of Ding Ling as an attachment is not very impressive, the underground tomb complex is hardly the talk value, only the stone throne. Only the soul way with the larger than life stone human and animal sculptures is worth a visit. Tip: both to a passable day trip you can along with a visit to the great wall (Mutianyu!) combine.
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  • It was a part of Badaling Great Wall tour. Okay to get out of van, stretch your legs & hear about some history of Emperor.  more »
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  • Amazing place if you're into history and archeology. Or the Chinese culture. There are around 13 tombs but only a few are open for visitors. The zen garden or the entrance is so photogenic if the climate is good. The tombs have interesting architectural designs, history and relics. The original relics are moved to some place else though. Just follow along with the map given at the ticket counter. You can use the transportation card to take the bus to travel between the tombs.
  • The tombs of 9 Ming Dynasty Emperors is a quiet and peaceful location to visit. Please be mindful and respect it as it's a tomb after all.
  • Good place bit over crowded
  • Impressive, be respectful when visit the place. Prepare to walk and the heat during summer months.
  • Definitely a must to see. So much history to see and learn about. If you are close or in town you must stop by.

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