Ming Tombs, Beijing

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    Chairman Mao's Picture in Ming Dynasty Tombs

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 13, 2014

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    a picture of the late People's Republic Chairman Mao Zedong on a visit in the Ming Dynasty Tombs.

    there is a large a picture of the late People's Republic Chairman Mao Zedong on a visit in the Ming Dynasty Tombs which he visited right after he captures Beijing from the Nationalist Forces of Chiang Kai Shek in 1948 and he said that the Ming Tombs are one of the wonders of China and must Be Preserved. Hence they put the picture of the historic Visit of Chairman Mao just after the Entrance to the Changling Area of the Ming Tombs.

    Opens: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday (April to October) 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (november to march)

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    Ming Emperors & Empress Dress

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 13, 2014

    the official Imperial Silk clothes of the Ming Dynasty Emperors and Empresses are proudly displayed along the sprawling Lingen Hall in the Changling Tomb Area and most of the Ming Style Dress are excavated at the Dingling Tombs as it is the only well excavated area of all the 13 ming emperor tombs along the Huge Area. Besides the dress, a total of over 3,000 pieces of cultural relics, including four national treasures: the gold imperial crown, the gold empress crown, glowing pearl and tri-colored glazed pottery of the Ming Dynasty are displayed along Lingen Hall and the other areas of the Ming Tombs.

    Opens: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday (April to October) 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (november to march)

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    Ming Emperors Royal Crowns

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 13, 2014

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    The Chinese Emperor, being a son of Heaven, recieves the Mandate of Heaven and all have crafted a 24 carat solid gold Royal Crowns as the Emperor with a son of heaven mandate was allowed to wear the crowns in the Ming Dynasty plus the empress too. You can see an actual Ming Emperor Crown at the Lingen Hall of the Changling Tombs that is part of the excavated Dingling Tombs. It belonged to Ming Emperor Zhu Yijun was the thirteenth emperor and occupied the throne for 48 years, the longest among all of the emperors of the Ming Dynasty.

    Opens: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday (April to October) 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (november to march)

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    the Ming Dynasty Empror's Battle Gear

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 13, 2014

    what the Ming Dynasty High Generals and Officials wear when going into Battle are proudly displayed in the Lingen Hall before the Changling Tomb plus you can see other artifacts and pieces of the ming dynasty thre. The Warriors Battle Gear were unearthed and excavated at the nearby Dingling Tomb, which is the most excavated tomb among the Ming Tombs.

    Opens: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday (April to October) 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (november to march)

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    Main Area of Changling Tomb

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 11, 2014

    the sprawling garden and halls and walkways in the Changling ares of the ming dynasty tombs as Changling is the nearest area to the Entrance. Dingling Tomb and Zhaoling Tombs and the Sacred Way and Yinshan Pagoda Forest is located a few kilometers north of changling and you must walk all the way there (you must be fit) hence most foreign tourists only visit the Changling Tombs area and it's Environs like the Lingen Gate and Hall, the Burning Stove and the Tomb Tower and then some ( as you need a full day to visit the other areas) and then they proceed to the Great Wall (Badaling, Juyongguan, Mutianyu, Simitai Sections) as it is more popular.

    Opens: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday (April to October) 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (november to march)

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    The Changling Ming Tomb Tower

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 11, 2014

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    the main tower in the Ming Tombs where one can see sweeping views of the Junshu Mountains and if you have a poweful optical zoom camera, even parts of the great wall can be seen at the Mountains. It Lies after the Lingen Gate and after the Lingen Hall. Entrance is via a winding stone pavement going up to the 5 storey tower where you would see many artifacts and various Ming Caliigraphies along the way.

    You Can view hundreds of various precious artifacts from the Ming Dynasty that was excavated along the Ming Tombs area, particularly at Changling and Dingling, where most of the artifacts are excavated and they are proudly displayed at the Ling'en Hall (where they held sacrifices to the Yongle Emperor Before) just before the Changling Burial Tomb.

    Opens: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday (April to October) 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (november to march)

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    Various Artifacts

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 11, 2014

    You Can view hundreds of various precious artifacts from the Ming Dynasty that was excavated along the Ming Tombs area, particularly at Changling and Dingling, where most of the artifacts are excavated and they are proudly displayed at the Ling'en Hall (where they held sacrifices to the Yongle Emperor Before) just before the Changling Burial Tomb. The Lingen Hall houses many of the artifacts like the Dingling Golden Emperor Crown, various precious calligraphies and various precious ornaments and more. The star of the Display is the bronze statue of Emperor Yongle, sitting in the throne carved with nine dragons, that is extremely lifelike

    Opens: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday (April to October) 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (november to march)

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    Map of the Ming Tombs

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 11, 2014

    a detailed map of the area surrounding the Ming Dynasty Emperors Tombs in Changling can be found near the Main Entrance Area where you will the the various locations and attractions in the huge Ming Tombs in Changling. It is written both in english and chinese and it shows the location of the Changling Tombs, Dingling Tombs, Zhaoling Tombs, Yinshan Pagoda Forest, Shengong Shengde Stele Pavilion, The Great Red Gate, The Spirit Way and the Juyongguan Pass of the Great Wall.

    Or you can download a Ming Tomb Map from Google Maps on your smart phone beforehand to have a map and let your tour guide take you to around the sites.

    Most Day tours to the Great Wall include stops to the Ming Tombs (but only in the Changling Tombs area as if you want to explore the whole Ming Tombs area, it would take your a full day tour).

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    Ming Tombs Overview:

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 11, 2014

    the long entrance to Ming Dynasty Tombs in Changling, which is the most popular of the four Ming Tomb Areas for tourists (the other locations are in dingling, shaoling and sacred way) as the Ming Tombs are spread around a sprawling area of 80 square kilometers at the foot of the Jundu Mountains, about 42 kilometers north of Beijing here at the changling area of Changping District (near the Juyongguan Pass Great Wall). The Ming tombs is where 13 of the 16 Ming Emperors are buried and only three are open to the Public. The Changling Tomb is where Emperor Yongle is buried and is the best preserved and it has the main burial Area and Tower and the Ling'en Hall, where hundreds of pieces of rare jewelry unearthed from the Underground Palace of Dingling nearby are showcased and also a large bronze statue of Emperor Yongle, sitting in the throne with nine dragons are located. The Dingling Tomb is located nearby and it is the only excavated area open to the public and is where the Wanli Emperor is Buried.

    The Ming Tombs were started in 1409 and was completed in 1609. The Ming Dynasty started in 1368 and ended in 1644, when the Li Cheng Rebellion overthrew it and the Quing Dynasty of the Manchus took over.

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    Changling 8F30 am |PM 4F30 pm (november to march) 8F00 am | 5F00 pm (april to october).

    Entrance Fees is 10 RMB per person and renting an english audio guide is 40 RMB per person.

    Most Day tours to the Great Wall include stops to the Ming Tombs.

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    Offerings

    by solopes Updated Oct 3, 2014

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    A paved path leads to the central hall where there are three white marble thrones. Incense, candles and flowers were set in front of the thrones.

    Before each of them, there are glazed 'Five Offerings' and a blue china jar that would have been filled with sesame oil to be used for lamps.

    Expecting for great sensations at the end everything is seen as common stuff.

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    The coffins

    by solopes Updated Oct 3, 2014

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    The rear hall is the main and biggest part of the Palace. The coffins of Emperor Zhu Yijun and his two empresses are in this palace.

    There are also some precious items displayed with these coffins, including the gold imperial crown, but pressed to rush by the crowds we could only have a glance of them.

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    Dingling

    by solopes Updated Oct 3, 2014

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    Dingling is under ground and about 27 meters deep. It is the mausoleum of Emperor Zhu Yijun, the thirteenth emperor who occupied the throne the longest time during the Ming Dynasty, and his two empresses.

    The main features are the Stone Bridge, Soul Tower, Baocheng and the Underground Place, which was unearthed between 1956 and 1958. The entire palace is made of stone. The Soul Tower is symbolic of the whole of Dingling and it forms the entrance to the underground chambers.

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    Entrance to Sacred Way

    by solopes Updated Oct 3, 2014

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    Among the many Sacred Ways, the one of Ming Tombs is best preserved and most complete. The Sacred Way starts with a huge stone memorial archway lying at the front of the area.

    Constructed in 1540, during the Ming Dynasty, this archway is the earliest and biggest stone archway existing in China today

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    The Sacred Way

    by solopes Updated Oct 3, 2014

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    The Sacred Way is marked by one pillar on each side of the road, whose surfaces are carved with the cloud design. The tops are shaped like a rounded cylinder, and lined with figures of animals and warriors.

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    Tortoise

    by solopes Updated Sep 11, 2014

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    The Shengong Shengde Stele Pavilion shows inside a 50-ton tortoise.

    A white marble pillar is placed at each corner with, in the top, a mythical beast facing either inward or outward.

    I read that they "express hope that the emperor will neither cling to the palace nor forget to return to the Palace to handle state affairs".

    Ok, I believe it!

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