Ming Tombs, Beijing

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    Great Red Gate at the Ming Tombs

    by pmarshuk Written May 18, 2003

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    There are 13 tombs of Ming emperors at Shisanling 50 km north of Beijing and 24km from the Great Wall. The visit here is usually done together with the visit to the Wall. Evidently the site fits all the rules of Feng Shui.After entering through a marble portico you approach the Great Red Gate.

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    Stroll along the Sacred Walk

    by seagoingJLW Written Apr 17, 2003

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    Stroll along the Sacred Walk at the Ming Dynasty tombs.

    The Ming Tombs, built from 1409-1644 A.D., is where 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty, along with their empresses and concubines were buried.

    The 7 kilmeter long Sacred Way has 18 pairs of giant stone statues.

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    Dingling Museum

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Dingling Underground Palace unveiled in 1956, was the 1st of the 13 Ming imperial tombs to be officially opened to the public. Emperor Wanli (1563-1620) and his 2 empresses were buried at Dingling at his death. These and some of the other 3,000 objects unearthed from this palace are on display in the 2 exhibition halls. The objects include the emperor's crown and robes, jewels and phoenix tiaras.

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    The Ming Tombs

    by MacKiwi Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    In the northwestern suburbs of Beijing are tombs of most emperors of the Ming dynasty, who ruled in China from 1368 to 1644. The tombs are approached by a long Avenue of statuesq Animals, lined with marble lions, elephants, camels, and horses. Northwest of the Ming Tombs, within the municipal boundaries, is a portion of the Great Wall.

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    Ming Tombs

    by aramat Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    13 Ming emperors (and empresses and concubines) were buried in this area between 1409-1644. Only the tomb of emperor Wanli (Dingling) is open to the public (it's an impressive size, but there is not too much to see). Some of the objects excavated can be seen in the museum nearby, so it's worth to visit. My favourite part of the complex is the Sacred Way, a path built for the emperors' funeral processions, lined by statues of real and mythical animals and human figues (state officers and warriors).

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    The Ming Tombs

    by zwack Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Ming Dynasty lasted from 1368 to 1644. The first Ming emperor had his tomb built in Nanjing, the town which he had chosen for his capital. As his eldest son died early, he was succeeded by his grandson, who became the second emperor. His fourth son, the Prince of Yan, was guarding the northern frontier near Beijing with an army 100,000 strong. The second emperor attempted to weaken his forces but was met with counter-attacks. After a 3-year war he was ousted and lost track of completely. So, the fourth son became the third emperor, Emperor Yongle, of the Ming Dynasty.
    As a frontier commander, he was aware that a peaceful northern frontier was of great importance to the Ming Palace, he chose this valley to build his tomb. All his successors followed his example and had their tombs built here, except one who was dethroned and buried in the western suburb. Out of the sixteen emperors, thirteen lie here with their empresses and concubines.

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    MING TOMBS

    by Chris_Dahlia Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Some 50 kilometers northwest of the capital, the Ming Tombs are generally combined with a visit to the Great Wall.
    Otherwise known as the '13 Tombs, 'this is the burial site of 13 out of 17 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. However, the only one you can get a good look at is the tomb of Emperor Wanli, who reigned from 1573 to 1620. This tomb was unearthed in 1956. There are two others that have been uncovered, but the rest remain illusive.

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    Pay homage to one of China's...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Pay homage to one of China's Emperor who reigned during the Ming Dynasty here at this ancient Imperial burial ground - the 13TH MING TOMB.

    After exploring Emperor Wan Li's tomb (9 floors below), you may also wish to check out the surrounding areas... which is really quite captivating. Oh, and that's me... having a whale of a time here... playing with snow.

    P.S. Where I live, there aren't any snow at all. We see sunshine 365 days a year... So, this is definitely a novelty to me.

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    Do squeeze in some time to pay...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Do squeeze in some time to pay your respects to one of China's Ming emperor here at the 13th MING TOMB.... Dingling, the Tomb of Emperor Wan Li (of the Ming Dynasty) is the 2nd largest tomb here. (Please see pic). Wan Li and his royal spouses were buried in double coffins surrounded by chunks of uncut jade, In those days, it was thought that by doing so, it would give the emperor power! Hm....

    However, the most disappointing aspect of my visit here was to discover that most of the priceless treasures are no longer inside the tomb. Shucks! And to think I was cherishing the hope of bringing home some uncut jade....

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    Unesco's Cultural Heritage Site: Ming Tombs

    by Susanna1975 Written Oct 13, 2007

    Ming tombs are located appr. 50 kms from Beijing and it is easy include visit to the tombs in your day trip to Great Wall of China.

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    Shi San Ling(Ming Tombs)

    by yangzhigong Written Jul 27, 2007

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    There is thirteen tombs of the emperors of Ming dinasty lies in downtown of Beijing, some of them were opening for visitor, others are closed with lots of treasure.

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    Underground Palace

    by rochellevm Written Apr 9, 2006

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    Underground palace at Ming Tombs would be a nice place to stop by on your way to Great Wall. However, just don't expect so much. ;-)

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    Ding Ling Tomb

    by woosha708 Written Apr 22, 2005

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    This is the only viewable tomb of the Ming Tombs.

    Must pass through metal detector before entering tomb area.

    Tomb isn't too exciting, but area around it is pretty nice.

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    Ming Tombs

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Dec 25, 2004

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    Here is a view looking for the entrance up to the main halls. The tombs themselves are underground and not that impressive. The grounds are much more the attraction.

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    Ming Tombs

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Dec 25, 2004

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    Emperor's tombs not far from the great wall at Bandalang. This makes a great stop on the way back from the Wall.

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