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Ming Tombs (Changling)

The Ming Tombs (Chang), located about 50 kilometers from downtown Beijing at Tianshou Mountain in Changping District, was built within a natural basin, butted on two sides by the Yanshan Mountain Range, which was said to stop winds carrying evil spirits into the area. It is one of the most famous travel spot in Beijing. Besides, it was listed to the World Cultural Heritage Sites. This imperial cemetery covers an area of 40 square kilometers with 13 Ming emperors, 23 empresses,many imperial concubines, princes and princesses buried there. These tombs are the best preserved of all Chinese imperial tombs. Changling, built on a south-facing slope, is the largest and best preserved of the tombs.
The huge Changling Tomb is the final resting place of the third Ming Emperor, Zhu Di. He named his ruling era Yongle and was hence known as Emperor Yongle. He ruled China from 1402 to 1422. The construction of the tomb started in the seventh year of his reign and took five years to be completed. The layout of Changling Tomb follows the pattern of Xiao Ling in Nanjing, tomb of the first Ming Emperor. Here are some guide information for your tour to The Ming Tombs (Chang): Admission Fee: CNY 30 (Nov.1 to Mar. 31); CNY 45 (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31), Openning Hours: Changling Tomb: 08:30 to 17:30, Contact Number: 86-10-60761153

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Question:The last day of our tour in Beijing in July is suppose to take us to the Ming Tombs (Chang) and then to the Wall. I was wondering if the Ming Tombs is worth the stop to visit or skip it. Would like any thought or comments.Thanks.

Answer:If I were going to the tour, I would stop off for around a hour and take a look at the stone animals guarding the spirit way (Sacred Road) leading to the tomb which is a great place to take pictures. The Changling Tomb… nothing inside, unless you are interested in Ming history.