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Ming Tombs (Ming Shisan Ling) Tours

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Ming Tombs (Ming Shisan Ling)
A series of temple-like structures and burial mounds, the Ming Tombs contain the remains of 13 of the 16 emperors who ruled China during the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644). Visitors come from all over to see the imperial grandeur of this UNESCO World Heritage site and learn about the cultural importance of ancestor worship.

The Basics
Of the 13 tombs, three are open to the public and accessible via a statue-lined path called the Sacred Way, where the carvings of mythical animals and legendary figures are believed to ward off evil spirits. The Ming Tombs Museum sits just behind the ticket office and offers a short introduction to each of the 13 entombed emperors. 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.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Ming Tombs are a must-see for history buffs.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk; the site is vast and spread out.
  • The above-ground tourist routes at the Ming Tombs are wheelchair accessible.
  • Small-group and private tours to the Ming Tombs and Great Wall can last upwards of eight hours.

How to Get There
The Ming Tombs are located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of Beijing. 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 to the Dingling Tomb or Changling Tomb station.

When to Get There
As one of Beijing’s most popular tourist sites, the Ming Tombs can get quite crowded during the summer tourist season and Chinese public holidays. In summer, arrive first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon to beat the crowds. For the best weather and manageable crowds, plan to visit on a spring or autumn weekday.

Which Tombs to Visit
Of the three tombs open to the public, the Changling tomb built for Emperor Yongle is the largest and best preserved. It’s been described as a Forbidden City in miniature. The Dingling tomb of Emperor Zhu Yijun is most famous for its Underground Palace, where his original thrones still stand. Emperor Longqing’s Zhaoling tomb is the smallest and least visited tomb, notable for its above-ground architecture.
Address: Changchi Road, Changping Qu, Northern China 102213, China
Hours: 8am - 5:30pm
Admission: CNY 20+
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Mini Group Tour to Ming Tomb and Summer PalaceFull-day Tours

Mini Group Tour to Ming Tomb and Summer Palace

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Two places are both listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Ming Tombs and Summer Palace. Highlights: - Visit the only emperor’s tomb that open to the public and walk into the underground palace; - Visit the best-preserved imperial park: Summer Palace and enjoy the beautiful lake view; - Experience a one-day tour away from center of Beijing and gain abundant knowledge of relevant history and culture. -Small group grantee, with entrance tickets to the sights lunch and guide and transportation are all inclusive.
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From Beijing: Ming Tombs and Mutianyu Great Wall Day TourBus Tours

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Immerse in Beijing’s imperial past on this door-to-door guided tour of two out-of-town signature sights: the Great Wall at Mutianyu and the Ming Tombs. Start by touring these historic royal tombs, including the Dingling Underground Palace, then enjoy a local lunch, see jade carvers in action, and sip tea at a teahouse. Finish with a stroll on the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a particularly scenic section of the world-famous structure.
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Take a private tour to two monumental UNESCO World Heritage Sites located near Beijing: the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and Ming Tombs. Your experienced guide takes you to the less-crowded Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which offers superb viewing of historical and architectural features, along with sweeping views of the surroundings. Continue to the Ming Tombs, the royal burial complex for the emperors of the Ming Dynasty, and visit either the Sacred Way, Chang Ling Tomb or Ding Ling Tomb during your tour.
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The final resting place of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors, Beijing’s Ming Tombs remain one of the city’s most significant landmarks (and are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site). This private, half-day tour offers a seamless and stress-free way to discover more. Pick between morning or afternoon tour times, and meet your guide at your Beijing hotel. Upon arrival, you’ll see the Sacred Way, will explore the Dingling Tomb, and will learn more about China’s imperial past.
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See two UNESCO-listed, Chinese icons in one day: this tour makes visiting the Ming Tombs and Great Wall of China stress-free. In the morning, meet your group directly at your centrally located hotel and venture first to the famed Dingling Tomb. After a stop at a jade-carving factory and a pause for lunch, continue to the Mutianyu Great Wall, renowned for its scenery and relative lack of crowds. Finish the day’s outing with a traditional tea ceremony before returning to your hotel.
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Private Day Tour to Longqing Gorge and Dingling at the Ming Tombs with Lunch and Boat Ride

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Swap bustling Beijing for two of northern China’s greatest attractions on this private day trip. Visit the underground Dingling Tomb, the mausoleum of 16th-century Emperor Zhu Yijun; and learn about the country’s imperial Ming dynasties. After a Chinese lunch, take a cruise along the Longqing Gorge, admiring the emerald peaks, cliffs, and blue-green lakes of this epic river canyon. Entrance fees, boat trip, and central Beijing hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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This full-day tour from Beijing gives you the chance to see two of China's top historical and cultural attractions. Start at the Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling) and then visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, where you can climb the centuries-old watchtowers. Lunch is included.
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Private Tour to the Mutianyu Great Wall and Ming Tombs

On this full day tour, visit two UNESCO World Heritage lited monunents without the stress of organing transport or tickets. Spend morning walking the Mutianyu sections of Great Wall, arestored section of the wall without the hectic atmosphere of more popular sections like Badaling. In the afternoon, visit the Ming Tombs, a series of mausoleums to the ancient rules of the Ming Dynasty
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Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs Day Tour from BeijingFull-day Tours

Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing

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Depart Beijing for a day in order to visit the Ming Tombs and Great Wall of China at Badaling, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the morning, see the royal burial complex of the Ming emperors with your informative guide. Have lunch and stop at a jade factory, then go to the Badaling section of the Great Wall, a well-preserved section with stunning ramparts and guard towers. Enjoy panoramic views of the mountainous landscape and an optional cable car ride to the Great Wall before returning to your Beijing hotel.
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The Great Wall is one of China's best-known attractions, which means that parts of it can get very crowded. Visit a quieter section on this guided tour from Beijing to Mutianyu and explore the scenic surroundings on this private guided tour, which also includes a visit to the Ming Tombs at the foot of Tianshou Mountain.
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Let a private guide accompany you on a walk to the Ming Tombs and along the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu — two UNESCO World Heritage sites outside of Beijing. This full-day tour takes you also lets you explore the Chang Tomb and includes the convenience of a cable car or toboggan ride at Mutianyu. Entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip hotel transport included.
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All Inclusive Private Tour to Huanghuacheng Waterside Great Wall and Ming Tombs

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Enhance your experience with two of Beijing’s most spectacular attractions with a private day trip to Ming Tombs and the Huanghuacheng Waterside Great Wall. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, experience the less touristy section of the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng. Be amazed by the complicated burial culture in the Ming Dynasty. You can choose to visit Dingling or Changling at the Ming Tombs. This private tour includes local lunch, all entrance fee, an English-speaking guide and transport by private vehicle.
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Beijing Small-Group Tour: Summer Palace and Ming Tombs with Lunch

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Explore China’s imperial past on a small-group day trip to the Ming Tombs and Summer Palace from Beijing. Travel to the Ming Tombs, and explore the only excavated underground mausoleum: that of Emperor Zhu Yijun. View the subterranean imperial thrones and treasures, and after a Chinese lunch, tour the UNESCO-listed Summer Palace, seeing highlights including the Hall of Longevity and Marble Boat. Lunch, air-conditioned minivan transport, entrance fees, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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