Ming Tombs Travel Guide
As the name implies, these are the tombs of the Emperors of the Ming Dynasty.
Ming Tombs are located in the basin of the Tianshou Mountain in Changping, about 50km northwest of Beijing. They are final resting place of 13 of the 16 Ming emperors.
Ming Tombs took more than 200 years (1409-1644 A.D.) to complete the construction and occupies an area of more than 400 square miles. The construction is magnificent and its definitely worth visiting.
Ming Tombs follow a standard layout consist of a main gate(Lingmen) leading to the first of a series of a courtyard and the main hall, the Hall of Eminent Favours(Lingendian). Beyond lie further gates or archways, leading to the Soul Tower(Minglou),behind which rises the burial mound.
Only the Changling and Dingling tombs are open to the public. Changling, the chief of the Ming Tombs, is the largest in scale and is completely preserved.
It is burial place of the emperor Yongle, is the most impressive, with its series of magnificent halls lying beyond its yellow-tiled gate.Seated upon a three-tiered marble terrace, the most notable structure is the Hall of Eminent Favours, containing a recent statue of Yongle and a breathtaking interior with vast nanmu(cedarwood) columns.
The burial place of the emperor Wanli, contains a series of subterranean interlocking vaults and the remians if the various gates and halls of the complex.
The main features of Ding Ling 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. The yellow glazed tiles; eaves, archway, rafters and columns are all sculptured from stone, and colorfully painted. The entire construction is stable and beautiful!
Why it is must-see sight?
Ming Tombs are magnificent buildings and the integrated system as tombs. They have a long history with high historical and cultural value. So it is worth of visiting.
Can be reached by bus No.1,2,3,4,5.
Recommended Time for a Visit: Two hours.
What the visitors should pay more attention to is that the visitors with heart problems to consider carefully whether they should enter the underground chambers. The atmosphere and dull lighting can be a problem. As always, do not hesitate to consult your guide, who will be able to offer advice.