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Architecture and Construction of Ming Tombs

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Discover the architecture and construction of Ming Tombs

Ming Tombs or thirteen tombs spread over 40 kilometers in circumference. A 7-kilometer-long sacred way flanked by 18 pairs of giant stone statues leads to the Changling - the tomb of Emperor Yongle, the most powerful emperor in the Ming dynasty.

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". The whole construction of the 13 tombs took more than 200 years. Open to tourists now are Chang, Ding and Zhao tombs. Most travelers pay their visit to Dingling.

Beijing Tour Routes Covers Ming Tombs

BH-1. 3 nights 4 days Beijing tour BH-2. 4 nights 5 days Beijing tour
BH-3. 5 nights 6 days Beijing tour BH-4. 6 nights 7 days Beijing tour
BK-1. 2 days Beijing tour BK-2. 3 days Beijing tour
BK-3. 4 days Beijing tour BK-4. 5 days Beijing tour
BK-5. 6 days Beijing tour BK-6. 7 days Beijing tour
BX-1. Xingang Beijing 2 days (no hotel) BX-2. Xingang Beijing 2 days tour
BX-3. Xingang Beijing 4 days tour BST-1. Great Wall tour bus tour
BJCD-2. Beijing Chengde 6 days tour BJGL-1. Beijing Guilin Tour
BD-4. Badaling Wall+Ming Tomb BD-7. Mutianyu wall+Ming Tomb
BJSH-1. 5 days Beijing Shanghai Tour BJSH-2. 6 days Beijing Shanghai Tour
BJSH-3. Beijing Shanghai Suzhou Tour BJSH-4. 9 Days Beijing Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou Tour
BJLH-1. Beijing Lhasa Tour BJXA-3. Beijing Xian 4 days tour
BJXA-5. Beijing Xian 9 days tour BJXA-4. Beijing Xian 7 days tour
BJXA-3. Beijing Xian 4 days tour


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