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Ming Tombs (Dingling)

The Ming Tombs (Ding) is one of the most attractive travel spots in Beijing. It located about 50 kilometers from downtown Beijing at Tianshou Mountain in Changping District. It 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. 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. Ding Tomb is the only one excavated in this graveyard up till now.
Zhu Yijun, the thirteenth emperor of the Ming Dynasty was inhumed together with his two empresses. Constructed between 1584 and 1590, this mausoleum used to have bridges, a stele pavilion, halls and towers and annexes on the ground. Visitors may enter via a tunnel. The stone palace occupies an area of 1,195 square meters (0.3 acre) and has five halls. Gates of the main halls are made of white marble, with fine thrones in the central hall, coffins and burial chests at the rear hall. Here are some guide information for your tour to Ming Tomb (Ding): Admission Fee: CNY 60 April 1 to October 31 CNY 40 Nov. 1 to March 31. Openning Hours: 08:30 – 18:00. Contact Number: 86-10-60761424

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