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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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  • We joined the Badaling tour of Great Wall cuz it included the Ming tombs. 35yrs ago we went to the underground tomb and when I asked the guide why we were not shown (organized by the travel bureau at ...  more »
  • I believe one of the most beautiful stamped in travel to China for the aspects of the architecture of the tombs and the charm of the place, in particular is extremely fascinating the long sacred way that encloses a pleasant atmosphere of peace and infinite spaces with two long wings of statues of animals first and dignitaries then. Dramatic and magical place not to be missed
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  • A pleasant walk along the Strada Santa, framed by weeping willows. Past the white marble portal and the big red door, a pillar on which is written "the civil servants must get off the stretcher and the military must descend from his horse" then: everyone must walk. In the Hall there is a huge stone turtle dominated on the back by a large stele. Down the street Santa and on both sides the succession of a series of 12 stone statues representing animals or standing crouched to rest and people. In order: Lions (imperial power), Unicorn (Justice), camels and elephants (vastness of Imperial territory), qilin – an animal-headed dragon, deer antlers, body with fish scales, tail of a lion, Bull's paws – (distinguishing right from wrong). Then still horses (essential for everyday) military officers, civilian officials and Ministers of the honor. To close the door of the flame. Continue between the fields cultivated with fruit especially cherries to the grave Changling, the third emperor of the Ming dynasty. Among the thirteen mausoleums is the main and the best preserved.
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  • Impressive, be respectful when visit the place. Prepare to walk and the heat during summer months.
  • 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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