The Ming Tombs - Beijing Destination Guide
Beijing Tour, Beijing Travel, Beijing China Tours, Beijing Travel Guide, Beijing Tour Packages, Beijing Hotels & Hostels Reservation With 24/7 Services

| Home | Beijing Group Tours | Beijing Private Tours | Hutong Tours | Chauffeur Service | Ming Tombs Introduction | Beijing Destination Guide |

About Beijing
Beijing Destination Guide
Beijing Destination Guide Beijing General Information
Beijing Destination Guide
Beijing Destination Guide Sight-Seeing in Beijing
Beijing Destination Guide
Beijing Destination Guide Shopping & Market in Beijing
Beijing Destination Guide
Beijing Destination Guide Food & Cuisine in Beijing
Beijing Destination Guide
Beijing Destination Guide Nightlife in Beijing
Beijing Destination Guide
Beijing Destination Guide Beijing Travel Tips
Beijing Destination Guide
Beijing Destination Guide Tour Packages in Beijing
Beijing Destination Guide
Beijing Destination Guide Beijing Hotels Reservation
Beijing Destination Guide

Beijing Destination Guide


Beijing Travel Service
< Beijing Great Wall Hiking Tours
< Beijing Forbidden City Tours
< Beijing Temple of Heaven Tours
< Beijing Summer Palace Tours
< Beijing Ming Tombs Tours
< Beijing Old Hutong Tours
< Panda Beijng Zoo Tours
< Beijing Lama Temple Tours
< Beijing Small Group Bus Tours
< Beijing Private Tours
< Beijing Night Show Tours
< Beijing Airport Layover Tours
< Beijing Airport Transfer
< Car-Van-Coach Rental
< Tianjin Cruise Home Port Transfer
< Tianjin Cruise Port--Beijing Tours
< Shanghai City Tours
< Xi'an City Tours
< Chengdu City Tours

Beijing Time & Weather Report

 

The Ming Tombs

The Ming tombs lie in a broad valley to the south of Tianshou Mountain (Longevity of Heaven) in Changping District, about 44 km northwest of Beijing proper. To the southwest of this valley, a branch of the Yanshan Range suddenly breaks off and forms a natural gateway to the 40-square-km basin in which the bombs were built. Thirteen out of the 16 Ming emperors as well as 23 empresses, 1 highest-ranking concubine and a dozen immolated imperial concubines were buried in this peaceful valley.

It was widely held in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) that although dead physically, a person's soul remained, still having human needs. Consequently, the 13 emperors' tome complexes look like imperial palaces. It was originally built only as Changling, the tomb of Emperor Zhuli and his empresses. This is the most magnificent of the tombs. The succeeding twelve emperors had their tombs built around Changling.

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. The total internal area of the main building is 1956 square meters. There are 32 huge posts, and the largest measures about 14 meters in height. It inhumes Emperor Zhuli, the fourth son of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang.

My Beijing China recommends the Lingsi Palace in its second yard as really deserving a visit. This is unique as it is the only huge palace made of camphor wood. It covers about 1956 square meters. The ceiling is colorfully painted and supported by sixteen solid camphor posts. The floor was decorated with gold bricks.

Unlike Changling, Dingling is under ground and about 27 meters deep. It is the mausoleum of Emperor Zhu Yijun, the thirteenth emperor who occupied the throne the longest during the Ming Dynasty, and his two empresses.

The main features 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!

Though varying in size and architectural complexity, these tombs are similar in general layout: the plan takes an oblong shape with a round (or oval) Precious Hall (Baocheng) at the rear. Each tomb complex starts with a stone bridge, followed by a front gate, a stele pavilion, the Gate of Eminent Favor, the Hall of Eminent Favor, a watchtower and then the Precious Hall.

The layout of these Ming Tombs produced a far-reaching impact on the construction of the Dong Tombs and Xi Tombs of the Qing Dynasty.The Ming tombs were put under protection of the Beijing municipal government in 1957.

In July 2003, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee at its 27th session officially inscribed the Xiaoling Tomb in Nanjing and Ming Tombs (Shisanling) in Beijing on the World Heritage List as assemblage of the Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Click here to see the map of The Ming Tombs

| Back |

About The Ming Tombs

-

  

 

-                 --- -

Beijing Tour Packages

Beijing Chauffeur Service

Sight-seeing In Beijing

Discount Hotel Reservation In Beijing

Beijing Ming Tombs Tours

Badaling Great Wall & Ming Tombs Small Group Tour Cool  --- from US$25
As a Chinese proverb goes, 'If not been on the Great Wall, not a great man.' On this full-day tour, you will climb the Badaling Great Wall, visit Ming Tombs unbeatable Beijing Coach tour package, Departure daily.

Mutianyu Great Wall & Underground Palace (Dingling) Small Group Tour  --- from US$30
Visit the underground palace in the Ming Tombs (Dingling), then enjoy the most beautiful & green section of the Great Wall, return to downtown. Departure: daily.

Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs (Changling) Private Day Tour Cool  --- from US$40
Valuable one day private tour package covers the trip to the Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tomb (Changling Tomb) and Olympic Stadium (exterior visit) enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Badaling Great Wall & Underground Palace (Dingling - Ming Tombs) Private Day Tour  --- from US$44
Private tour package covers the trip to the Badaling Great Wall, Underground Palace (Dingling - Ming Tombs) and Olympic Stadium (exterior visit) enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Mutianyu Great Wall & Ming Tombs (Changling) Private Day Tour  --- from US$44
Visit the world famous Mutianyu Great Wall, the most beautiful and green section of the Great Wall in Beijing, and Ming Tombs (Changling).

Mutianyu Great Wall & Underground Palace (Dingling - Ming Tombs) Private Day Tour  --- from US$44
The private tour covers the trip to Mutianyu Great Wall and Ming Tombs (Dingling-the Underground Palace), enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

More More Beijing Ming Tombs ToursMore Beijing Ming Tombs Tours

Reviews and Travelogue about the Ming Tombs:
< "The Great Wall and Ming Tombs and Spirit Way. " >>> Post by Carla Byrne from Canada
< "Bird's Nest, Ming Tomb, Great Wall & Opera" >>>Post by Kiber from Canada

 

| Beijing Tour | Beijing Travel | Beijing Trip | Beijing Private Day Tours | Beijing Bus Tours | Beijing Coach Tours | Beijing Tour Packages | Great Wall Hiking Tours |
| Forbidden City Tours | Temple of Heaven Tours | Summer Palace Tours | Ming Tombs Tours | Old Hutong Tours | Panda Beijng Zoo Tours | Lama Temple Tours |
| Small Group Bus Tours | Beijing Private Tours | Beijng Night Show Tours | Beijing Airport Layover Tours | Airport Pick up & car-van-coach Rental | Xingang Transfer |
| Xingang--Beijing Tours | Beijing Limo | Beijing Chauffeur Service | Beijing Destination Guide | Beijing Hotels | Beijing Hotel Reservation |

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Copyright © since 2000 BeijingLocalTour.com. All rights reserved.
Booking Hotline: (Mobile 24 hours): 86-18515250136, 13801051196
Address: No.1206, Building 5, Tuofangying Xili, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100016
For Reservation & Tour Enquiry: harrison@beijinglocaltour.com
For any questions or suggestions about website tech, please contact: webmaster@beijinglocaltour.com

| Terms of Use and Privacy Policy |