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Ming Tombs

Thirteen Ming Tombs
  • Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Ming Tombs is the final resting place of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors, along with 23 empresses and a number of concubines. Located on the same direction with Badaling Great Wall, it is regarded as one of the most popular attractions in Beijing.

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  • ID : 14
  • City : Beijing
  • English name : Ming Tombs
  • Chinese name : 明十三陵
  • Type : cultural,classic
  • Theme : Ancient architecture
  • Level : easy
  • Kids : Possible
  • Elders: Possible
  • Best season : all year round
  • Visiting length : 1-2 Hours
  • Distance to city center : 40 km

Introduction of Ming Tombs

    The Ming Tombs is located on the southern side of the Tianshou Mountain in Changping County, about 50 Kilometers north of Beijing. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Ming Tombs is the final resting place of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors, along with 23 empresses and a number of concubines. Covering 40 square kilometers, each tomb was built alongside a mountain, and a river runs through the whole area. They are the best-preserved imperial tombs in China. Now, it is one of the most popular attractions for local or foreign travelers when they plan a trip to Beijing.

Photo of Ming Tombs

  • The photo as below present stone statue, archway and memorial hall of the biggest tomb in Ming Tombs - Changling Tomb.
  • Ming Tombs photo
  • photo size: 1920 * 1186 px
  • author: Jasper
  • owner: Beijing Xindong International Travel Service Co,.LTD
  • category: Beijing attraction photo

Highlights of visiting Ming Tombs

    Changling, Dingling, Sacred Way, Zhaoling

Helper to visit Ming Tombs

  • Address in English : Changchi Road, Shisanling Town, Changping District, Beijing, China
  • Address in Chinese : 北京市昌平区十三陵镇昌赤路
  • Tel : +8610-60761888
  • Post code : 102200
  • Ticket time : 8:30-16:30
  • Open time : 8:30-16:30
  • Closing time : Null
  • Location : Ming Tombs is around 40 km to downtown Beijing
    • Transportation
      • Subway: CHANGPING XISHANKOU Station of Line Changping,Transfer to the scenic area cycle bus
      • Public bus:
        • 872(Ming Tomb)
        • 345 express (Xihuan south road), transfer to 872m878, Chang 67(Ming Tomb)
    • Private car is the best method if you visit Ming Tombs with local tour operator.

Season and Admission

  • High season : 60 RMB/person.
  • Shoulder season : 60 RMB/person.
  • Shoulder season : 60 RMB/person.

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Hotels near Ming Tombs

JI Hotel (Beijng Changping Longshui Road) Naturetime Hotel Sinopec Conference Center Auspicious Business Hotel Beijing Marriott Hotel Changping

Map of Ming Tombs

  • The sketch map as below shows the location of main tomb or building of Ming Tombs, such as Stone Archway, Great Red Gate, Sacred Way (Stone Statues), Dragon and Phonenix Gate, Changling Tomb, Dingling Tomb, Yongling Tomb, Jingling Tomb, Xianling Tomb, Qingling Tomb, Maoling Tomb, Yuling Tomb, Tailing Tomb, kangling Tomb, Zhaoling Tomb and Siling Tomb. The mountain in the area covers Tiger Mountain (west), Dayu Mountain(northwest), Tianshou Mountain(north) and Dragon Mountain(east).
  • Ming Tombs map
  • map size: 2000 * 1236 px
  • author: Liuqian
  • copywright: Beijing Xindong International Travel Service Co,.LTD
  • category: Beijing attraction map
  • History of Ming Tombs
  • At the beginning of the Ming Dynasty, the capital was in Nanjing (a city in southern China). The third Ming Emperor Zhudi realized that a peaceful northern boundary was important to the whole country. He decided to move the capital from Nanjing to Beijing. Construction of the imperial palaces and temples took place from then on. Construction of the tombs started about the same time.

    The following emperors of the Ming Dynasty also built their tombs in this area. In total, 13 emperors were buried in this place, also known as the "Thirteen Ming Tombs". The Ming Tombs cover an area of 40 square kilometers and the whole construction of the 13 tombs took more than 200 years.
  • Construction of Ming Tombs
  • The site of the Ming Tombs was chosen with great care. Based on the theory of geomancy and Fengshui, the present site was finally chosen. In this area, rolling hills formed a natural protection screen to the north; Dragon Hill on the east and Tiger Hill on the west stood like generals guarding the gateway to the south; the Wenyu River flowed east from northwest.
    Emperor Zhudi was very pleased with the place and changed the name to Heavenly Longevity Hill. Then the first Ming Tomb appeared. The following emperors of the Ming Dynasty also built their tombs in this area. In total, 13 emperors were buried in this place, also known as the "Thirteen Ming Tombs".

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    • Emperor's tombs
    • Ming Tombs or thirteen tombs spread over 40 kilometers in circumference. The mausoleums of 13 Ming emperors were built here. They are Changling(tomb of Chengzu Emperor, the 3rd emperor of the Ming Dynasty), Xianling(tomb of Renzong Emperor, the 4th emperor), Jingling(tomb of Xuanzong Emperor, the 5th emperor), Yuling(tomb of Yingzong Emperor, the 6th emperor), Maoling(tomb of Xianzong Emperor, the 8th emperor), Tailing(tomb of Xiaozong Emperor, the 9th emperor), Kangling(tomb of Wuzong Emperor, the 10th emperor), Yongling(tomb of Shizong Emperor, the 11th emperor), Zhaoling(tomb of Muzong Emperor, the 12th emperor), Dingling(tomb of Shenzong Emperor, the 13th emperor), Qingling(tomb of Guangzong Emperor, the 14th emperor), Deling(tomb of Xizong Emperor, the 15th emperor) and Siling(tomb of Sizong Emperor, the 16th emperor).
      Among these tombs, only Changling, Dingling and Zhaoling are open to public.
    • Changling Tomb Changling Tomb, built from 1409 to 1427, is the tomb of the Emperor Zhudi, whose reign title was Yongle (1403-1424), and his wife, Empress Xu. It is the largest and the best preserved tomb among the 13 tombs. Covering an area of about 120,000 square meters, the layout of Changling Tomb is square in the front part and round in the rear. The front part consists of three connecting courtyards.
      Dingling Tomb Dingling is the tomb of the 13th Ming Emperor Wanli and his two wives. It is the only one of the Ming Tombs excavated so far. In addition to the underground palace and coffins, more than 3000 pieces of precious treasure were unearthed, and are on display in the exhibition halls, including gold plates, basins, cups, bowls and spoons of various sizes for the emperor.
      Zhaoling Tomb Zhaoling is the tomb of the 12th Ming Emperor Zhu Zaihou and his three wives. It is the first tomb with large-scale restoration among the 13 tombs. Covering an area of 35,000 square meters, Zhaoling is a middle-sized tomb. Like other tombs, the buildings in Zhaoling include Ling'en Gate, Ling'en Hall, side halls, square city and etc.
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    Attractions near Ming Tombs

    • Sacred Way of Ming Tombs
    • The Sacred Way stretches 7 kilometers from south to north through the center of the Ming tombs area. It was originally built for the first tomb Changling - the tomb of Emperor Yongle, the most powerful emperor in the Ming dynasty. But as the later tombs were built either to the right or to the left, it became the main road to all of them. Along the Sacred Way from south to north, the visitors can find these interests: Marble Archway (Shipaifang), Great Palace Gate (Dagongmen), Tablet Tower (Beilou), Stone Statues and Dragon-phoenix Gate.
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