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Ming Tomb - Beijing Attractions

 

 

At the foot of TianShou mountain southeast nearby to Badaling Great Wall, the Ming Tomb is the site where 13 Ming Dynasty Emperor were buried. This Beijing attraction has been over 200 years since the first tomb—Chang Tomb was built in 1409 until the last tomb—Si Tomb was finished in 1644. The Chinese archaeologist unearthed the tomb of Emperor Wanli—Ding Tomb in 1956. They discovered the underground palace, emperor’s coffin as well as valuable treasure as many as 3000 pieces.

 

 

the Beijing attraction - Ming Tomb lie in a broad valley to the south of Tianshou (Longevity of Heaven) Mountain in Changping County, about 50 kilometers northwest of Beijing proper. To the southwest of this valley, a branch of the Yanshan Range suddenly to breaks off and forms a natural gateway to the 40-quare-kilometer basin in which the tombs were built. This gateway is "defended" on each side by the Dragon and Tiger hills, which are said to protect this sacred area from winds carrying evil influences. Thirteen out of the 16 Ming emperors are buried in this peaceful valley.

Ming Tomb - Beijing Attractions

 

 

Visitors first pass by an elegant, five-arched white marble memorial archway. Built in 1540, this 29-meter-wide and 14-meter-high structure, with its delicate bas-relief carvings of lions, dragons and lotuses, is still in near-perfect condition. About one kilometer to the northeast of this archway stands the Great Red Gate (Dahongmen), the outermost gate of the entire mortuary complex.

 

Although Beijing has been the capital of China for five dynasties, the only imperial mausoleums in the immediate vicinity of the city today are those of the Liao and Qing emperors are in the northeast China and in Hebei Province respectively. The tombs from the Jin Dynasty were destroyed at the end of the Ming Dynasty, and since the Mongol rulers of the Yuan Dynasty had no specific funeral rituals, there are no extant burial sites from this period.

 

Entrance Fee of the Beijing attraction - Ming Tomb:
Changling Tomb: RMB 30 (Nov.01 to Mar.31) / RMB 45 (Apr.01 to Oct.31)
Dingling Tomb: RMB 40 (Nov.1 to Mar.31) / RMB 60 (Apr.1 to Oct.31)
Opening Time: Changling Tomb: 08:30 to 17:30 / Dingling Tomb: 08:30 to 18:00
Travel Time: Two hours
Tourist Bus Route: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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