Explore the Death in Ming Tombs – China
There were 16 emperors of the Ming Dynasty but only 13 emperors buried in Ming Tombs. Zhu Yuanzhang, the founder of the Ming Dynasty are buried in the Xiaoling Tomb in Nanjing, Zhu Yunwen the second emperor of the Ming dynasty disappeared and no one know where is his tomb, and Zhu Qiyu third emperor of the Ming dynasty, buried at Jinshan located western edge of the city of Beijing.
All the last 13 Ming’s Emperor buried in the tomb complex called Ming Tombs. among the 13 tombs, currently only 3 tombs are open to the public, namely Changling, Dingling, and Zhaoling. Because of its remarkable history, luxury and beautiful architecture, the site has a very popular for historical and cultural value.
The area of the tombs is located north of Beijing, Near the Wall of China. The emperor’s tomb complex according to feng shui is the most ideal place. Because the North side is the mountain and on the South side is the river. Changling is the largest tomb in scale and completely preserved. Its architecture is similar to the Forbidden city, and its pillars made of precious old sandalwood.
Unlike Changling, Dingling located under ground as deep as 29 meters. It is the tomb of Emperor Zhu Yijun, the thirteenth emperor who occupied the throne in the longest time in the history of the Ming Dynasty.
If you are have a plan to visit Ming Tombs, avoid the Holiday or Weekend, because for local tourists Ming Tombs is one of most favorite place just like Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. On weekends, especially during public holidays, Ming Tombs can be very crowded.
Sacred Way is a part of Ming Tombs complex, which is a footpath whose each side has large hundreds of age year statues, consists of large lions, camels, elephants, etc. Sacred Way means believed to be the path to heaven. The emperor, known as the Son of Heaven, who known was came from the sky to the earth through the Sacred Road, also will return to Heaven through this way.
Because the three tombs located far enough apart, usually you only have time to visit one of the three tombs. If you are a wheelchair user that have difficulty in walking, or heart problems, forget Dingling, and select Changling Tomb instead. For Zhaoling Tomb, you can skip it because almost all the parts undergone reconstruction.
Pictures of Ming Tombs