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Why Ming Tombs Is Worth Exploring

Ming Dynasty played a significant part in Chinese history. There is no better way to get a good sense of the Ming-era history than a visit to the Ming Tombs while visiting Beijing. Here is a little advice on why you should put the tombs on your travel list in Beijing.

Beijing Ming Tombs

Profound History of Ming Dynasty
The Ming Tombs refers to a massive mausoleum site outside city proper of Beijing and a home to a bunch of Ming emperors and his empresses. Also known as Shisan Ling, these tombs are the site where 13 of the 16 Ming dynasty emperors were buried. None of the 13 Ming tombs has been unearthed except for one - the Ding Ling. Dingling is the burial ground for the 13th Ming emperor Zhu Yijun who died in 1620, and was opened to the public in 1959. The tomb is the site where Zhu Yijun, his primary wife, and his favorite concubine were buried. It is said that the tomb was equipped with a unique locking mechanism inside the vault in order to protect from the grave robbers. Though the locking mechanism makes opening the tomb next to impossible, ancient grave robbers had found a way. Later when the modern archaeologists entered the tomb, the vaults were found looted by robbers. The tranquil atmosphere at Ming Tombs makes it a great break from the masses of tourists at Badaling.

Countless Delights to Explore
The Ming Tombs site is home to countless historic delights and attractions – al worth exploring while visiting the scenic area. The first sight while entering the area is a long paved path called Sacred Road which is neatly lined with odd animal statues on both sides. The paved path is a quiet walkway leading to the tombs and a fun way to experience the Ming Tombs. The path is marked out with an impressive archway through the Great Palace Gate. The 12 pairs of stone animals on the way to the tombs offer great picture opportunities for visitors to the scenic area. Lining the path, half of the stone animals are standing and half are kneeling - why they were designed like that remains a mystery for modern people. Aside from the fun walkway, there are two tombs open to visitors today including Changling and Dingling. Changling is more like a palace complex while Dingling more of an underground palace with countless exhibits on display.

Overall, a visit to the Ming Tombs is a great way to end a day trip while visiting Beijing.