Ming Tombs

Ming Tombs (Thirteen Tombs of Ming Dynasty)

Map of Ming Tombs
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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, aka Thirteen Tombs of Ming Dynasty, 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 resting places 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 mausoleum 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 Ming Tombs 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 was built in an area at the foot of the mountain, with distances ranging from half a kilometer (547 yards) to eight kilometers (5 miles) between them.  The 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 Changling Tomb, Dingling Tomb, Zhaoling Tomb and the Sacred Way are open to the public.
Dingling Mausoleum
Dingling Mausoleum of Emperor Zhu Yijun
Changling Tomb International Tourism and Culture Festival
Changling Mausoleum of Emperor Zhu Di
The Sacred Way in Ming Tombs, 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 13 Ming 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.
Visitors at the Sacred Way
Visitors at the Sacred Way
Our Group on Sacred Way
Our Group Tour to Sacred Way
Besides the three tombs above, other ten in Ming Tombs not open to the public are as follows:
Tombs Buriers
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
The Empress'''''''' Crown
The Crown of Empress
Gold Wine Pot
Gold Wine Pot

How to get to Ming Tombs

By Bus:
1. Take bus 872 from Deshengmen to Dingling and Changling; the bus is available from 7:00 to 20:10.
2. Take bus 345 Express or 886 from Deshengmen West Station, get off at Changping Dongguan Station, and then take bus 314 to the Sacred Way (Nanxin Village Station), Dingling and Changling.

By Subway:
Take subway Changping Line to Changping Dongguan Station, then transfer to bus 314 to Changling or Dingling.
Notice that don't get off at Ming Tombs Subway Station, since since it is still 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the scenic area and you can only hire a local car and may be overcharged.
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Entrance Fee Opening Hours
Apr. - Oct. Nov. - Mar. Apr. - Oct. Nov. - Mar.
Combo Ticket CNY 130 CNY 100 - -
Dingling CNY 60 CNY 40 08:00 - 17:30 08:30 - 17:00
Changling CNY 45 CNY 30 08:00 - 17:00 08:30 - 16:30
Zhaoling CNY 30 CNY 20 08:30 - 17:00 08:30 - 16:30
Sacred Way CNY 30 CNY 20 08:10 - 17:50 08:30 - 17:00
Note: Free for children under 1.2m (3.9 ft).

 Note: Zhaoling Tomb is under repairs, and the reopening time is unsure.

How to Visit Ming Tombs from Badaling Great Wall?

A popular itinerary for touring the Ming Tombs and the nearby attractions is recommended: Badaling Great Wall → Ming Emperors Wax Museum → Sacred Way → Dingling → Changling → Zhaoling
If you have only one day, you can omit some sites and go like this: Badaling Great Wall → Sacred Way → Changling

Bus 877 can take you from Deshengmen to Badaling Great Wall. After touring the wall, you can take bus 879 to the Sacred Way (Nanxin Village Station), Dingling and Changling. Zhaoling is within walking distance.

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Questions & Answers on Ming Tombs
Asked by Tereza Šimůnková from CZECH REPUBLIC | Mar. 01, 2019 03:21Reply
How long does the journey take to Beijing Ming Tombs by public transport?
Do you know how long does it take the journey by bus 872 from Deshengmen to Dingling and Changling and how long does it take the journey by subway from Olympic Stadium to Changping Dongguan Station?
Thank you very much!
Answers (1)
Answered by Alessia from FINLAND | Mar. 05, 2019 23:59

From Deshengmen to Dingling and Changling, the bus no.872 takes around 1.5hours on the way.
From National Stadium to Changping Dongguan, the metro takes around 50mins on the way.
Asked by Kim from MALAYSIA | Oct. 17, 2018 12:10Reply
Is it still no shuttle bus to Ming Tomb from Ming Tomb Station?
Answers (3)
Answered by Richard from USA | Oct. 17, 2018 20:29

Do you mean the bus from Ming Tomb metro station to the scenic area?
If yes, there is no special shuttle bus that operates between these two places.
Thus you can take the bus Chang67 and get off at Nanxin Village. Then walk about 4 minutes to the scenic area.
Answered by Kim from MALAYSIA | Oct. 18, 2018 06:06

Then where can I board this bus from? Should I get off at Ming Tomb Subway Station & take the bus from there or should I get off at Changping Subway Station instead? which one is better?
Answered by Richard | Oct. 18, 2018 18:14

You are advised to take the subway Changping line and get off at Changping Dongguan Station. Then transfer to bus No.314 to Changling or Dingling.
Asked by Lourdes from SPAIN | Oct. 14, 2018 01:07Reply
is it possible to get to Beijing Ming Tombs from Mutianyu Great Wall?
Answers (1)
Answered by Malia from USA | Oct. 16, 2018 03:49

The two places are in opposite directions and it is not convenient by bus with long duration. If you really want to go the two attractions in one day, the time must be tight. And you are not advised to do that.

The bus route from Mutianyu to Ming Tombs:
First take the bus No.936 at Mutainyu and get off at Niulan Mountain Daokou to transfer to bus No.947 and get off at Changping East Gate to transfer to bus No.314 and get off at Dingling Heshen Road. The ride may be take about 2 - 2.5 hours.
Asked by Koray from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 10, 2018 21:02Reply
Which 314 bus stop do you get off for ming tombs?
Answers (1)
Answered by Rose from NETHERLANDS | Feb. 10, 2018 21:25

You can get off at Dingling or Changling.
Asked by Lupus from AUSTRIA | Oct. 27, 2017 09:24Reply
If there was a change in getting off subway station ' Ming Tombs' in the last time?
Is there a shuttle bus in servive in the meantwhile - we would like to go there next Monday (30th of October). Or is it still better to take the route Changpin Dongguan and bus 314?

Thank You
Answers (1)
Answered by John from DENMARK | Oct. 29, 2017 22:08

Well, as I know, you’d better get off at Changping Dongguan and then take Bus 314 there. If you get off at Ming Tombs, there is still 4km to the tomb. By now, no shuttle bus is available.
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