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Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling)

Ming Shisan Ling Area, Changling Town, Changping District, Beijing 102213, China
010-60761424,010-60761034
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Ranked #170 of 1,238 attractions in Beijing
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues
Description: The royal tombs are a short distance outside the city. Hundreds of small stone animals guard the road to the tombs.
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

All the tombs are laid out the same way. Go to Ding-ling for the underground palace and tombs. Chang-ling is famous only for its size, there are no tombs to see. Don't go to Zhao-ling, it's small and no visitors go there. Lastly pay to see the Spirit Way - interesting statues along the path. It's pricey though.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Hum , i don't how to say now, famous in guide book , but not good like me I thought, we visit ding tomb, nothing on the ground only underground palace , personally I don't think it is palace , nothing inside, it will be more fine if you know the history, a little disappointed.

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Hilliard, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Having a guide here really helped to provide a great history lesson into the Ming Dynasty. The grounds are so peaceful as there is much less traffic here because it is so far outside of the city. Definitely worth the visit!

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Another opportunity to learn about various Chinese dynasties and burial rites, similarities and differences from one dynasty to another. Unfortunate this ruler re-implemented human sacrifice, but you have to visit to understand the details...don't want to spoil it.

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Menlo Park, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Of the 13 tombs from the Ming Dynasty, only one has been dug up, by a grave robber. The treasures are in a museum so you only get to see an empty tomb. The other 12 have not been opened yet. From the Chang Ling, you do get to see 600-year old buildings comparable to those of the Forbidden City.... More

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Amritsar, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Great historical place , had to walk a lot , the tomb is about 250 steps down , but really worth visiting . Don't miss it .

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This is a nice walk where you can take pictures with large animal statues. The tour guide explains in the beginning that this is not actually the area with the tombs as those areas are still blocked off. It is a nice walk if the weather is nice. We were dropped off on one end and picked up at the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

First a mea culpa. We visited the Ming Tombs site on the 28th day of a 30 day tour of China. It was a hot day with temperatures in the 40 C, we had earlier been on the Wall, and we were exhausted. We failed to check our travel books to review the site and relied on our private guide... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This classic work of architecture will never cease to amaze people. I was really impressed with the whole site. The magnitude of the site is beyond belief. The entry doors out of solid stone must weight 10 tons. The fact these were carved with such intricate detail, and that they are so old truly is mind boggling. Very nice attraction.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The Ming Tombs were our last stop on a tour of China on a rainy, misty day. The tomb sculptures were large, impressive, and of the traditional style. Unfortunately we had neither a guide nor a guidebook, so we didn't understand what we were seeing.

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