Ming Tombs (Thirteen Tombs of Ming Dynasty)
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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 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 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.
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 13 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.
|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|
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 No.314 to Changling or Dingling.
Note: The Ming Tombs Subway Station is 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) away from the scenic area. The tourist shuttle bus is expected to open by the end of 2016.
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|Admission Fee ||Apr. 1 - Oct. 31||CNY 65||CNY 50||CNY 35|
|Nov. 1 - next Mar. 31||CNY 45||CNY 35||CNY 25|
|* There are two kinds of entrance tickets. The above-mentioned fees include the postage CNY 5. The other kind doesn't include the postage.|
|Opening Hours||Apr. 1 - Oct. 31||08:00 - 17:30||08:30 - 17:30||08:10 - 17:30|
|Nov. 1 - next Mar. 31||08:30 - 17:00||08:30 - 17:00||08:30 - 17:00|
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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