Ming Tombs

Ming Tombs (Thirteen Tombs of Ming Dynasty)

Map of Ming Tombs
Ming Tombs Map
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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 Dynasty 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 Tomb China 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 Tomb From Beijing

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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Ming Tombs Entrance Fee & Opening Hours

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).

Recommended Ming Tombs Tour Routes

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

How to Visit Ming Tombs from Badaling Great Wall?

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 SHHH | Jul. 17, 2019 01:07Reply
Getting to Mings tombs
Hi, I prefer to visit mutianyu, how would u advise me to get there?

How much time does it take?
Answers (1)
Answered by Read from CANADA | Jul. 17, 2019 02:23

Do you want to go to Mutianyu from Ming tombs? If so, you can take bus No.314 from Dagongmen Station to Changping Xiguan Station, then transfer to bus No.h54 to Yujiayuan Station, and transfer to bus No.h35/h07/h23 to Xinying Station, finally walk east of 200m to it. It takes around 3 hours with CNY16.
Asked by Mark from CANADA | May. 29, 2019 22:18Reply
Are Ming Tombs Open on Mondays?
Many museums are closed on mondays... are the tombs open on mondays?

Answers (1)
Answered by Jackson from NEW ZEALAND | May. 30, 2019 18:47

Yes, it is open to the public all year around.
Asked by Ah Tiong from SINGAPORE | Apr. 28, 2019 00:25Reply
Can I take Bus 872 from Dingling/Changling directly back to Deshengmen?
Thank U!
Answers (1)
Answered by Liam from USA | Apr. 28, 2019 18:42

Yes, you can take Bus Line 872 from either of the two stops.
Asked by Liz from AMERICA | Apr. 18, 2019 03:36Reply
How can I get to the Ming Tombs from Beijing center?
I don't want to go to the wall, just the tombs.
Answers (1)
Answered by Polly from ITALY | Apr. 22, 2019 00:51

You are advised to take bus no.872 from Deshengmen to Dingling and Changling.
Asked by Jay from THAILAND | Apr. 10, 2019 02:24Reply
How to go back from Ming Tombs to Beijing?
I use the route Badaling Great Wall > Ming Tombs.
When I go back, can I use this route?
Tombs find the bus stop > bus no. 314 > Changping Dongguan Station > take the subway or bus.
Find the bus to Deshengmen Station or Deshengmen West Station.
Or find a Subway Changping Line.
Am I correct?
Answers (2)
Answered by Madison from CANADA | Apr. 15, 2019 19:51

About the return way, you can take bus no.314 from Nanxin Village to Changpinghuzhuang Bus Stop. Then take bus no.879 to Badaling Great Wall.
If you want to go back to downtown area, you can take bus no.314 to Changping Dongguan Bus Stop. Then you can take the metro Changping Line.
Answered by Jay from THAILAND | Apr. 21, 2019 21:17

Thank you very much for you information.
I took the bus no.314 from the Chang Ling to the final destination (Changping Dongguan station) and take the subway back to the downtown.
The bus driver cannot speak English but it's okay because I print out the name of station in Chinese to him.
The bus stop was hard to see but the people around there helped me ^^.
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