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Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty, Nanjing

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A World Heritage Site, Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty contains the final resting place of the Hongwu Emperor, who founded the Ming dynasty in the 14th century. The massive complex was completed in 1405 after more than 20 years of construction. Explore the spacious mausoleum grounds, situated in the foothills of the Purple Mountain, and walk the "Sacred Way" path, lined with pairs of animal figures carved out of stone. Step into an arched passageway to see the tomb, or visit the nearby "Plum Flower Mountain" that houses a mausoleum of Sun Quan, who ruled Eastern Wu almost 2,000 years ago. Using our world travel planner, Nanjing attractions like Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I went there in March. It's a really unique site to go to. Go there with a guide who can tell you the stories behind it if you're into history kind of thing. The whole area is packed with tourist attr...  more »
  • The tomb is an interesting site. Our local guide helped bring it to life, letting us know all of the rich symbolism throughout the site. The attention to detail in the well manicured park was amazing....  more »
  • We visited the World Heritage Site in May. The place was in fresh green and peaceful quiet. We had a big round walk from path of stone animals, officials and generals to the Emperor's tomb palace. Thr...  more »

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