Ming Tombs, Beijing
One of the main attractions which you can visit in Beijing is the Ming Tombs.
This is the burial ground of 13 Emperors out of 17 Emperors of Ming Dinasty.
This map shows the Ming Tombs' unique arrangement. Sacred Road is an interesting part of the Tombs which displays unique animal and human figures believed as sacred & the guardians of the tombs.
Favorite thing: One of the things that I did like about the Ming Tombs was the wall that encircled the area. There are some nice carvings and interesting water spouts. It seemed better to me than looking at the Tombs! LOL
Favorite thing: The Ming Tombs are magnificent. The gardens are beautiful. With music playing throughout the day it is a wondrously relaxing place to visit. There are thirteen Emporers buried here and we visit the Changling Tomb after entering by the Sacred Way.
The Thirteen Ming Tombs are located in the hills 50 kilometres to the northwest of Beijing. Construction of the tombs started in 1409 and ended with the fall of the Ming Dynasty in 1644. In over 200 years tombs were built over an area of 40 square kilometres, which is surrounded by walls totaling 40 kilometres. Each tomb is located at the foot of a separate hill and and is linked with the other tombs by a road called the Sacred Way.
This site was chosen with the greatest of care and the assistance of geomancers. This particular part of the country, one of the most beautiful around Beijing, with its lovely valley, hills, woods and many springs, met the expectations of the emperor and his officials.
Thirteen of the 16 Ming emperors and their wives and second wives are buried here. The thirteen tombs are Dingling Tomb, Zhaoling Tomb, Siling Tomb,Yongling Tomb, Deling Tomb, Jingling Tomb, Changling Tomb, Qingling Tomb, Yuling Tomb, Maoling Tomb, Kangling Tomb,Xianling Tomb and Tailing Tomb.
be prepared to climb down the dimly-lited stairways - 9 storeys in total (Gulp!) - to see the much talked-about MING TOMB.
And here's the main entrance to the 13th MING TOMB which we were going to explore.