Ming Tombs (Thirteen Tombs of Ming Dynasty)
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Ming Tombs Pictures
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.
|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|
How to get to Ming Tombs
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.
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.
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
How to Visit Ming Tombs from Badaling Great Wall?
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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