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Ming Tombs

Ming Tombs, which are located 50 kilometers northwest from Beijing City, is the general name given to the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Most of these imperial tombs have palatial and integrated architecture which has high cultural and historical value. Even in the long history, most of the tombs are preserved well, and only the Changling and Dingling tombs are open to the public, because most of them are still preserved well under earth.

The only first tomb and the chief is the Changling, the tomb of Emperor Zhu Di (the fourth son of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang)and his empresses which is the most magnificent in 1956 square meters main building and 32 huge posts, and the largest one of the posts measures about 14 m in height.

Among the marvelous buildings, Ling'en Palace in its second yard is really deserve a visit, for its unique camphor wood, colorfully painted ceiling, gold bricks decorated floor and sixteen solid camphor posts etc.

Dingling, which is under ground and about 27 meters deep, is the mausoleum of Emperor Zhu Yijun, the the thirteenth emperor of Ming Dynasty who occupied the throne with the longest time during the Ming Dynasty. Dingling is very special for its Underground Place with Stone Bridge and Soul Tower, colorfully painted, stone-made glazed tiles; eaves, archway, rafters and columns etc. You will be very impression to see these underground while entering a long descending road.

Soul Tower is the symbolic of the whole of Dingling and forms the entrance to the underground chambers. The chambers are divided into three halls consisting of five high palaces- the front, the middle, the left, the right and the rear palaces.

The front hall is the square of the palace has no building in it, the same as the 7 meters high, 6 meters wide, and 26 meters long left and right palaces. However, each palace has a centrally placed white marble coffin bed which is covered with gold bricks, and on each bed there is a square hole which is filled with loess was called "Gold Well" in traditional Chinese culture. While in the central hall there are three white marble thrones with incense candles and flowers in front.

The rear hall is the biggest part of the palace for the coffins of Emperor Zhu Yijun and his two empresses are buried in this palace, and there are also some precious items displayed, such as gold imperial crown etc.

Ming Tombs Notes

Admission Fee:   
Ming Dingling Tomb:  CNY40 (Nov.1 to the next Mar. 31);  CNY 60 (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31)
Ming Changling Tomb: CNY 30 (Nov.1 to the next Mar. 31); CNY 45 (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31)
Ming Zhaoling Tomb:  CNY20 (Nov.1 to the next Mar. 31);  CNY 30 (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31)

Opening Hours:   
Ming Dingling Tomb: 8:30 to 18:00
Ming Changling Tomb: 8:30 to 17:30
Ming Zhaoling Tomb: 8:30 - 17:30

Nearby Attractions:   
Sacred Way (Hours: 8:30 - 18:00; Ticket: CNY20/30)
Yinshan Pagoda Forest (Hours: 7:00 - 17:30; Ticket: CNY 25)
Juyongguan Pass (Hours: 7:30 - 16:30; Ticket: CNY35/40)

Get There by Subway:   
Take Subway Line 5 to Tiantongyuan Bei Station, then take bus Changping 23 to Ming Zhaoling Tomb.

Get There by Bus:   
1.Bus 925 run directly from Deshengmen to Changling every 30 minutes in peak hours from 07:10-19:10.

2.Take bus 345 (Fast),919 at De Sheng Men Xi Station, get off at Chang Ping Dong Guan Station, and take bus 314 or Changping 23 to Ming Dingling Tomb Station or Changling Tomb Station.

How to get to Badaling Great Wall from Ming Tombs:
Take bus No 314, Dingling Tomb or Changling Tomb to Ming Huang La Xiang Gong Station (The Ming Dynasty Wax Museum), then take bus No. 919 (Slow) to Badaling Great Wall at the South Gate of the Ming Dynasty Wax Museum.

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