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Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), Beijing

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A complex of mausoleums housing the tombs of thirteen Ming emperors, Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling) represents the largest imperial burial area in China and a World Heritage Site. Carefully laid out in line with feng shui principles, the tomb area covers 120 sq km (46.3 sq mi), each mausoleum occupying an independent section. Walk along the 7 km (4 mi) route leading you into the complex, flanked by guardian statues of camels, elephants, horses, and soldiers--at the end, its impressive gate ranks among the largest stone arches in China. Explore pavilions displaying imperial seals, scrolls, robes, and other regalia, and admire a huge statue of a turtle god carrying a memorial tablet. Note that only three out of 13 tombs are open to the public. Planning Beijing trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
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  • I saw that the sultan of Indonesia was buried there. This showed that the relationship between the two countries has been close for a long time ago. 
    I saw that the sultan of Indonesia was buried there. This showed that the relationship between the two countries has been close for a long time ago.  more »
  • The Ming Tombs are located about 50 kilometers from Beijing. Thirteen Ming dynasty emperors are buried in them, as well as 23 empresses, courtiers and court concubines. The site, on the southern... 
    The Ming Tombs are located about 50 kilometers from Beijing. Thirteen Ming dynasty emperors are buried in them, as well as 23 empresses, courtiers and court concubines. The site, on the southern...  more »
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  • Changling is small unexcavated tomb. It’s a good combo with the nearby Dingling tomb that is excavated.
  • One of three locations in the Ming Tombs open, Changling hasn't been excavated, so there's no underground cavern to visit here. But the grounds themselves are big and the above ground architecture is worth visiting. There's some artifacts inside the main hall that are worth examining in detail. Very worth the price of admission.

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