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  • Address: Changchi Road, Changping Qu, Northern China 102213, China
  • Hours: 9am–9pm
  • Admission: 30 RMB+

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Ming Tombs (Ming Shisan Ling)

The UNESCO-listed Ming Tombs (Ming Shisan Ling) serve as the final resting place for 13 of the 16 emperors who ruled China during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Of the 13 tombs, three are open to the public, each with its own temple-like structure and burial mound. Visitors can approach the giant tombs along a slightly curved path known as the Spirit Way, used to ward of evil spirits. To either side, carved stone humans, animals, and mythical creatures stand guard.

Emperor Yongle was interred in the largest and best preserved tomb, Chang Ling, which is said to resemble the Forbidden City in miniature. The Ding Ling mausoleum is that of Emperor Zhu Yijun and is known for its Underground Palace, a large marble vault where original thrones still stand. Emperor Longqing's Zhao Ling tomb, the smallest and least visited of the tombs, stands out for its well-preserved, above-ground architecture.

Due to their proximity to portions of the Great Wall of China, the Ming Tombs are often included as a stop on tours to the Great Wall at Badaling, Mutianyu, or even Juyongguan.

Insider's Tip: The Ming Tombs Museum sits just behind the ticket office and offers a short introduction to each of the 13 entombed emperors.

Practical Info

The Ming Tombs are located about 30 miles (50 km) northwest of Beijing. The site is vast and spread out, so many visitors only cover two of the three tombs in a single day. To arrive by public transit, take bus 919 from De Sheng Men Xi station, get off at Chang Ping Xi Guan station, and take bus 314. Get off at the Dingling Tomb or Changling Tomb station.

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