Trip Planner:   Asia  /  China  /  Beijing  /  Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling)

Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), Beijing

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 overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling)
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Tours to Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling)

Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling) reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 3.5
1,010 reviews
  • Interesting place to visit , lots of history. Nice scenery but not worth it to spend to much time here. A short visit is good enough.  more »
  • Its a quite ,serene place surrounded by mountains at the outskirts of Beijing. Its the place where all the emperor's from the ming dynasty are buried.  more »
  • Went here as part of one day tour ( and it was really worth going. Displays testimony to the Ming dynasty history but need a guide to explain them. As part of your we had an English...  more »
  • Very good 😍
  • Ming's Tomb is ancient and serene, the quintessential resting place. You must be in great shape to traverse five flights of stairs.
  • Pretty interesting but probably not the most important thing to see in Beijing if you don’t have time. Nice walk in aircon during the summer.
  • Steeped in history. Well worth a visit.
  • Interesting imperial tomb. But not that child nor elderly friendly, with a 4 storey flight of stairs down then up again to get to the underground tomb. No elevator nor escalators available. Nice views though

Plan your trip to Beijing

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.