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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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  • The tomb of emperors of the Ming dynasty! "most impressive natural scenery and sights! The tombs is not accessible so you do ride in an impressive natural landscape!
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  • Nothing special.. don't get to see much.. there are 2 main parts of the tombs.. changling was a total waste of time.. and with dingling you can go to the "underground palace" which sounds much more ex...  read more »
  • We actually did not go to the Ming Tombs, but we did walk the Sacred Way, which is the walkway which leads to the tombs. It is lined with amazing animal and human statues, and it was a lovely was to s...  read more »
  • Hired a driver from our hotel to go to Great Wall Mutianyu and this Ming dynasty tomb. It's interesting but I won't go again. It's not the kind of place you'll want to visit again and again.
  • The Ming Tombs are located about 55 kilometers due north of urban Beijing at a specially selected site. The site was chosen by the third Ming Emperor Yongle (1402-1424), who moved the capital of China from Nanjing to Beijing. He is credited with envisioning the layout of the ancient city of Beijing as well as a number of landmarks and monuments located therein. After the construction of the Forbidden City in 1420, the Yongle Emperor selected his burial site and created his own mausoleum. The Ming tombs of the 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty were located on the southern slope of Tianshou Mountain. From the Yongle Emperor onwards, 13 Ming Emperors were buried in this area. The tombs of the first two Ming Emperors are located near Nanjing (the capital city then). Emperor Jingtai was also not buried here, as the Emperor Tianshun had denied Jingtai an imperial burial, but was instead buried in the west of Beijing. The last Ming Emperor Chongzhen, who hanged himself in April 1644, was the last to be buried in the tomb named Si Ling by the Qing emperor, but on a much smaller scale than his predecessors. During the Ming dynasty the tombs were off limits to commoners, but in 1644 Li Zicheng’s army ransacked and set many of the tombs on fire before advancing and capturing Beijing in April of that year.
  • The site is with 13 different places and I visit only one (underground palace). If you come from Badaling - Great wall, from Badaling catch a bus route number 879 to Ming tombs ( you can have bus - route no 872 to come back to Beijing - Jishuitan, where there is a subway). When you come from above route you'll see the notice board saying "Ming tombs", if you want to go to underground palace, you'll have to wait till the final destination. The place if pretty awesome with huge ancient structures, in the museum I saw nice statues, sculptures but I didn't have time to visit each of the places other than underground palace.
  • The Ming tombs were a casualty of China's cultural revolution. Its entombed treasures raided or burned; leaving nothing but an empty volt.
  • Loved it!
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