The Ming Tombs are located near Tianshou Mountain, situated about 50km (31mi) northwest of Beijing. The tombs are the final resting place for 13 of the 16 Ming emperors, and cover a total area of 40 sq km (15 sq mi) with each tomb located at the bottom of its own hill. The tombs are linked together by a road called the Sacred Way (Shen Dao), which is lined with 18 pairs of stone human and animal statues. The Ming people believed in the existence of an afterworld, where the dead lived a life similar to that of the living. The Ming emperors, therefore, had grand mausoleums built for themselves. The succeeding Qing rulers adopted the tradition and followed suit. One of the most famous tombs is the Dingling Tomb, which contains over 3,000 pieces of gold, silver, pearls, jewels, porcelain, lacquer-ware, and silk goods. A trip to the Ming Tombs can easily be combined with a visit to the Great Wall.
Ming Changling Tomb:RMB 30 (Nov 1 – Mar 31)RMB45 (Apr 1 – Oct 31) Ming Dingling Tomb:RMB40 (Nov 1 – Mar 31)RMB60 (Apr 1 – Oct 31) Ming Zhaoling Tomb:RMB20 (Nov 1 – Mar 31)RMB30 (Apr 1 – Oct 31)
Ming Changling Tomb: 8:00 – 17:00(Apr 1-Oct 31); 7:30 – 16:30(Nov 1 - Mar 31) Ming Dingling Tomb: 8:00 – 17:30(Apr 1-Oct 31); 7:30 – 16:30(Nov 1 - Mar 31) Ming Zhaoling Tomb: 8:00 – 17:00(Apr 1-Oct 31); 7:30 – 16:30(Nov 1 - Mar 31)
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Ming tombs zone, Changping District 北京市昌平区十三陵特区