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Ming Tombs Pictures
50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest from Beijing City, at the foot of Tianshou Mountain, is the Ming Tombs Scenic Area, where lie the mausoleums of thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Since 1409 when Zhu Di, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, built his Changling Tomb here, the succeeding twelve emperors had their tombs built around Changling during the next 230 years, covering a total area of over 120 square kilometers (46.3 square miles). This is the best preserved tomb area with the most emperors buried. Every year millions of tourists come to the site to appreciate its long history and palatial architecture.
In the scenic area, each mausoleum has its own independent unit. The layout and arrangement of all the thirteen mausoleums are very similar, but they vary in size as well as in the complexity of their structures. Each of the tombs was built in an area at the foot of the mountain, with distances ranging from half a kilometer (547 yards) to eight kilometer (8,749 yards) between them. The other tombs stretch out on the two sides of Changling Tomb in a fan shape, except for the Siling Tomb, which sits separately in the southwest corner. From site selection to design, great attention was paid to the harmony and unity with nature, pursuing a perfect situation of ‘made by God’ and reflecting the philosophy ‘the unity of heaven and humanity’. As outstanding representatives of the ancient Chinese mausoleum, the Ming Tombs demonstrate the richness of traditional Chinese culture.
At present, only the Sacred Way, Changling Tomb, Zhaoling Tomb and Dingling Tomb are open to the public.
The Sacred Way, also known as Changling Sacred Way, is the approach to the Changling Tomb. Along the Way from south to north, you will see a number of sites (or sights) of interest and beauty, including the Stone Tablet Archway, Great Red Gate, Tablet Pavilion, Ornamental Columns, Stone Figures, Lingxin Gate.
Walking along the Sacred Way to the end, you can see the Changling Tomb (built in 1409), where lie the third Emperor of Ming Dynasty, Emperor Zhu Di and his Empress Xu. It is the largest, original and the best preserved among the thirteen tombs, and has three courtyards in the front and a Treasure City in the round rear part. The magnificent Grace and Blessing Palace (Ling'en Palace) in the second courtyard is highly recommended.
Built from 1584 to 1590, it is the mausoleum of Emperor Zhu Yijun, the thirteenth emperor of the Ming Dynasty and his two empresses. The highlight part is the stone Underground Palace, which was discovered between 1956 and 1958, and had a great deal of precious relics unearthed.
Located in eastern foot of Dayu Mountain, Zhaoling is where the 12th emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Zhu Zaihou and his three empresses were buried. It features the special Dumb Yard in a crescent shape housing the imperial coffins.
Besides the three above, the other ten tombs not open to the public are as follows:
|Yongling||the 11th emperor of the Ming Dynasty Zhu Houcong and his three empresses|
|Xianling||the 4th emperor Zhu Gaochi and Empress Zhang|
|Qingling||the 14th emperor Zhu Changluo and his three empresses|
|Maoling||the 8th emperor Zhu Jianshen and his three empresses|
|Kangling||the 10th emperor Zhu Houzhao and Empress Xia|
|Jingling||the 5th emperor Zhu Zhanji and Empress Sun|
|Tailing||the 9th emperor Zhu Youtang and Empress Zhang|
|Deling||the 15th emperor Zhu Youxiao and Empress Zhang|
|Yuling||the 6th emperor Zhu Qizhen and his two empresses|
|Siling||The 16th and last Ming emperor - Zhu Youjian and his Empress Zhou and Concubine Tian|
|Admission Fee||Changling: CNY 45 (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31); CNY 30 (Nov.1 to the next Mar. 31) |
Dingling: CNY 60 (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31); CNY 40 (Nov.1 to the next Mar. 31)
Zhaoling: CNY 30 (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31); CNY 20 (Nov.1 to the next Mar. 31)
Sacred Way: CNY 30 (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31); CNY 20 (Nov.1 to the next Mar. 31)
|Opening Hours||Changling: 8:00 to 17:30; Dingling: 8:00 to 18:00; |
Zhaoling: 8:30 - 17:30; Sacred Way: 8:00 - 18:00
Note: Ticket-selling stops about half an hour before the closing time. In low season (Nov. 1 - the next Mar. 31), the opening time is half an hour later and the ticket stopping time and closing time are half an hour ahead of the above schedule.
1. Special tourist Bus 872 (formerly 925) runs directly from Desheng Gate to Dingling and Changling every 30 minutes in peak hours from 07:10-19:10.
|Subway||Take subway line 5 to Tiantongyuan Bei Station, and shift to Changping Bus no. 22. |
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A popular itinerary for touring the Ming Tombs and the nearby attractions is recommended below:
Badaling Great Wall (Hours: 6:30 - 19:00 (summer), 7:00 - 18:00 (winter), Ticket: CNY 45)
→ Ming Emperors Wax Museum (Hours: 7:00 - 17:00, Ticket: CNY 40)
→ Sacred Way → Dingling → Changling → Zhaoling
Bus no. 919 can take you to the Badaling Great Wall. After touring the wall, you can take bus 919 (fast) back to the Changping Xiguan Huandao Station, where you can visit the Ming Emperors Wax Palace. Walk to Changping Xiguan Station and take bus no. 314 or Changping Bus 22 to the Sacred Way, Dingling and Changling. Zhaoling is within walking distance. One day is probably not enough to visit all the above sites, so you can omit Dingling and Zhaoling, or you need to arrange the accommodation well in advance if you want to have a through visit.
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