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The Ming Tombs

The Ming tombs lie in a broad valley to the south of Tianshou Mountain (Longevity of Heaven) in Changping District, about 44 km northwest of Beijing proper. To the southwest of this valley, a branch of the Yanshan Range suddenly breaks off and forms a natural gateway to the 40-square-km basin in which the bombs were built. Thirteen out of the 16 Ming emperors as well as 23 empresses, 1 highest-ranking concubine and a dozen immolated imperial concubines were buried in this peaceful valley.

It was widely held in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) that although dead physically, a person's soul remained, still having human needs. Consequently, the 13 emperors' tome complexes look like imperial palaces.

It was originally built only as Changling, the tomb of Emperor Zhuli and his empresses. This is the most magnificent of the tombs. The succeeding twelve emperors had their tombs built around Changling.

Only the Changling and Dingling tombs are open to the public. Changling, the chief of the Ming Tombs, is the largest in scale and is completely preserved. The total internal area of the main building is 1956 square meters. There are 32 huge posts, and the largest measures about 14 meters in height. It inhumes Emperor Zhuli, the fourth son of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang. My Beijing China recommends the Lingsi Palace in its second yard as really deserving a visit. This is unique as it is the only huge palace made of camphor wood. It covers about 1956 square meters. The ceiling is colorfully painted and supported by sixteen solid camphor posts. The floor was decorated with gold bricks.

Unlike Changling, Dingling is under ground and about 27 meters deep. It is the mausoleum of Emperor Zhu Yijun, the thirteenth emperor who occupied the throne the longest during the Ming Dynasty, and his two empresses. The main features are the Stone Bridge, Soul Tower, Baocheng and the Underground Place, which was unearthed between 1956 and 1958. The entire palace is made of stone. The Soul Tower is symbolic of the whole of Dingling and it forms the entrance to the underground chambers. The yellow glazed tiles; eaves, archway, rafters and columns are all sculptured from stone, and colorfully painted. The entire construction is stable and beautiful!

Though varying in size and architectural complexity, these tombs are similar in general layout: the plan takes an oblong shape with a round (or oval) Precious Hall (Baocheng) at the rear. Each tomb complex starts with a stone bridge, followed by a front gate, a stele pavilion, the Gate of Eminent Favor, the Hall of Eminent Favor, a watchtower and then the Precious Hall. The layout of these Ming Tombs produced a far-reaching impact on the construction of the Dong Tombs and Xi Tombs of the Qing Dynasty.The Ming tombs were put under protection of the Beijing municipal government in 1957.

In July 2003, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee at its 27th session officially inscribed the Xiaoling Tomb in Nanjing and Ming Tombs (Shisanling) in Beijing on the World Heritage List as assemblage of the Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

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Badaling Great Wall & Ming Tombs Small Group TourCool --- from US$25
As a Chinese proverb goes, 'If not been on the Great Wall, not a great man.' On this full-day tour, you will climb the Badaling Great Wall, visit Ming Tombs unbeatable Beijing Coach tour package, Departure daily.

Mutianyu Great Wall & Underground Palace (Dingling) Small Group Tour --- from US$30
Visit the underground palace in the Ming Tombs (Dingling), then enjoy the most beautiful & green section of the Great Wall, return to downtown. Departure: daily.

Badaling Great Wall and Beijing City 2-day Small Group Tour Package --- from US$54
2-day small group tour package including: Badaling Great Wall, Ming tombs, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace. Real discount, reduce your tour cost.

Mutianyu Great Wall and Beijing City 2-day Small Group Tour Package --- from US$59
2-day small group tour package including: Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming tombs (Dingling), Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace. Real discount, reduce your tour cost.

Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs (Changling) Private Day TourCool --- from US$60
Valuable one day private tour package covers the trip to the Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tomb (Changling Tomb) and Olympic Stadium (exterior visit) enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Mutianyu Great Wall & Ming Tombs (Changling) Private Day Tour --- from US$61
Visit the world famous Mutianyu Great Wall, the most beautiful and green section of the Great Wall in Beijing, and Ming Tombs (Changling).

Badaling Great Wall & Underground Palace (Dingling - Ming Tombs) Private Day Tour --- from US$63
Private tour package covers the trip to the Badaling Great Wall, Underground Palace (Dingling - Ming Tombs) and Olympic Stadium (exterior visit) enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Mutianyu Great Wall & Underground Palace (Dingling - Ming Tombs) Private Day Tour --- from US$64
The private tour covers the trip to Mutianyu Great Wall and Ming Tombs (Dingling-the Underground Palace), enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

2-Day Beijing Group Tour Package A+Airport Transfer --- from US$71
1 day Badaling Great Wall & Ming tombs group tour.
1 day Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace group tour.
Enjoy 2 Chinese lunches on the tour.
Enjoy comfortable air-conditioned coach.
Daily Departure Small Group Tours.
Enjoy Airport Private Transfer Service

2-Day Beijing Group Tour Package B+Airport Transfer --- from US$75
1 day Mutianyu Great Wall and Underground Palace (Dingling)small group tour.
1 day Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace group tour.
Enjoy 2 Chinese lunches on the tour.
Enjoy comfortable air-conditioned coach.
Daily Departure Small Group Tours.
Enjoy Airport Private Transfer Service

Beijing Classic 2-Day Private Tour Package --- from US$118
The 2-day private tour package covers the trip to the attractions: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City (Including the Hall of Clocks and Watches and the Treasure Hall) , Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace.

Beijing Highlight 2-Day Private Tour Package --- from US$120
The 2-day private tour package covers the trip to the attractions: Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tombs (Dingling), Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace.

3-Day Classic Beijing Private Tour Package --- from US$160
3-day private tour package covers airport transfer & the trip to the attractions: Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tombs (Dingling), Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Hutong Tour and Beijing Zoo Panda.

4-Day Beijing King Parkview Hotel Small Group Tour Package --- from US$162
Pick up from airport to hotel, join 2-day Beijing Badaling Great Wall & Forbidden City Coach Tour & Including 3-night Beijing King Parkview Hotel(3 star, located in Wangfujing) accommodation & Pick up from hotel to the airport.

3-Day Beijing Private Tour Package --- from US$163
3-day private tour package covers the trip to the attractions: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Hutong, Lama Temple and Beijing Zoo Panda.

Special 4-Day Private Tour Package --- from US$169
Attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs (Changling), Temple of Heaven and Old Beijing Hutong Tour.

4-Day Beijing Dongfang Hotel Small Group Tour Package --- from US$172
Pick up from airport to hotel, join 2-day Beijing Badaling Great Wall & Forbidden City Coach Tour & Including 3-night Beijing Dongfang Hotel (4 star, including breakfast) accommodation, then pick up from hotel to the airport.

Beijing Classic 4-Day Private Tour Package --- from US$174
4-day private tour package covers airport transfer & the trip to the attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall, Hutong Tour, Ming Tombs (Dingling) and Summer Palace.

5-Day Beijing Private Tour Package --- from US$182
5-day private tour package covers airport transfer & the trip to the attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Badaling Great Wall, Ming tombs, Summer Palace & Beijing Hutong by rickshaw, Lama Temple and Beijing Zoo Panda.

4 Day Beijing LuSongYuan Hotel Tour Package --- from US$184
Stay in the most distinctive courtyard, Beijng LuSongYuan Hotel. Pick up from airport to hotel, join 2-day Beijing Badaling Great Wall & Forbidden City Coach Tour & Including 3-night hotel accommodation, then pick up from hotel to the airport.

5-Day Special Beijing Private Tour Package --- from US$193
5-day private tour package covers airport transfer & the trip to the attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Shichahai Hutong, Opium Street, Drum Tower, Old Beijing Hutong, Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Summer Palace, Capital Museum & Temple of Heaven.

4 Day Jianguo Garden Hotel Tour Package --- from US$216
Pick up from airport to hotel, join 2-day Beijing Badaling Great Wall & Forbidden City Coach Tour & Including 3-night Jianguo Garden Hotel (5 star, including breakfast) accommodation & Pick up from hotel to the airport.

Popular 6-Day Private Tour Package --- from US$221
Attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Peking Roast Duck, Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs (Changling), Temple of Heaven, Beihai Park, Jingshan Park, Old Beijing Hutong Tour, Beijing Panda House, Lama Temple, Chinese Acrobatics Show (Kung Fu Show or Peking Opera).

4-Day Beijing Sunworld Hotel Coach Tour Package --- from US$224
Pick up from airport to hotel, join 2-day Beijing Badaling Great Wall & Forbidden City Coach Tour & Including 3-night Beijing Sunworld Hotel (4 star, including breakfast) accommodation, then pick up from hotel to the airport.

Tianjin Cruise Home Port to Beijing 2-Day Private Tour Package --- from US$235
Pick up from Tianjin International Cruise Home Port (now replacing the former Xingang Port) to Beijing, 2-day private tour package covers the trip to the attractions: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs. Then transfer back to Tianjin International Cruise Home Port.

Beijing to Tianjin Cruise Home Port 4-Day Group Tour Package including Wangfujing Grand Hotel Accommodation --- from US$264
Pick up from Beijing airport, stay in Beijing Wangfujing Grand Hotel (5 star deluxe hotel located in Wangfujing Area) 3 nights and 2-day Beijing Badaling Great Wall & Forbidden City Coach Tour, then transfer to Tianjin International Cruise Home Port ( now replacing the former Xingang Port) in Tianjin.

Tianjin Cruise Home Port to Beijing 2-Day Private Tour Package including King Parkview Hotel Accommodation --- from US$266
Pick up from Tianjin International Cruise Home Port (now replacing the former Xingang Port) to Beijing, stay in King Parkview Hotel (3 star hotel´╝î located in Wangfujing area) 1 night and 2-day private tour package covers the trip to the attractions: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs. Then transfer back to Tianjin International Cruise Home Port.

Tianjin Cruise Home Port to Beijing 2-Day Private Tour Package including Beijing Dongfang Hotel Accommodation --- from US$272
Pick up from Tianjin International Cruise Home Port (now replacing the former Xingang Port) to Beijing, stay in Beijing Dongfang Hotel (4 star deluxe hotel, located in Qianmen Area) 1 night and 2-day private tour package covers the trip to the attractions: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs. Then transfer back to Tianjin International Cruise Home Port.

Beijing to Tianjin Cruise Home Port 4-Day Group Tour Package including Beijing Sunworld Hotel Accommodation --- from US$290
Pick up from Beijing airport, stay in Beijing Sunworld Hotel (4 star deluxe hotel located in Wangfujing Area) 3 nights and 2-day Beijing Badaling Great Wall & Forbidden City Coach Tour, then transfer to Tianjin International Cruise Home Port ( now replacing the former Xingang Port) in Tianjin.

Tianjin Cruise Home Port to Beijing 2-Day Private Tour Package including Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Accommodation --- from US$310
Pick up from Tianjin International Cruise Home Port (now replacing the former Xingang Port) to Beijing, stay in the Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing 1 night and 2-day private tour package covers the trip to the attractions: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs. Then transfer back to Tianjin International Cruise Home Port.

4-Day Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Small Group Tour Package --- from US$315
Pick up from airport to hotel, join 2-day Beijing Badaling Great Wall & Forbidden City Coach Tour & Including 3-night Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing (5 star, including breakfast) accommodation, then pick up from hotel to the airport.

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