Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty

Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty, Nanjing

Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty

Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Historic Walking Areas • Cemeteries
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada1,613 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed walking through the area on the sacred pathway (lined with stone animals and soldiers) on the way to the tomb. The cost to enter is 70 RMB and you can pay 100 RMB to get a discount ticket to see other attractions in the purple mountain area as of March 2021.

The gardens are well maintained and there are plenty of signs to point you in the right direction. The ramps to go to the top of the tomb building are a little slippery and uneven so make sure you have good shoes.

There are also lots of cats and pollen in this area when we went in March 2021 so you might want to bring your allergy medication just in case. There were also plenty of mosquitoes but they did not bite at all. Lots of places to grab snacks and drinks in the park area - the highlight for us was a Johnsonville sausage trailer!

Closest Metro to the main gate was Muxuyuan. To Didi here you can enter "Ming Xiaoling Masoleum Scenic Area - Ticket Office".
Written March 30, 2021
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GettingThere
Shanghai, China4 contributions
Jul 2020
This place is worth seeing, not just for the pretty scenery on the mountain, but also because of the burial site of the first Ming emperor.
Written August 1, 2020
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UOtterTravel
Port Saint Lucie, FL1,285 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
We booked a day tour to Nanjing from Shanghai and this was one the stops on the tour. It was the last day of the plum blossom festival and the blooms were beautiful! There’s a walk with massive carvings of animals, carved out of a single piece of rock. There are four carvings of each animal - two standing and two resting. The animals are guards. We didn’t climb up to the tomb, but just walked the grounds. It was quite busy and was nice to have a local guide. We took the bullet train between Shanghai and Nanjing which was a nice and clean train.
Written March 18, 2020
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Sara S
Oklahoma City, OK838 contributions
Jan 2020
We visited the mausoleum in early January on a cold, rainy, and foggy day. Surprisingly, the walk along the 1.1-mile long Sacred Way turned out to be the highlight of the visit. Its tranquility and unique beauty made the experience calming and pleasant. The stone sculptures of various animals and generals from the Ming Dynasty is something one should not miss. The mausoleum itself is not that impressive.
Written February 7, 2020
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geo3
Calgary, Canada1,246 contributions
Apr 2019
Interesting, although I was with a guide who explained the historical context and the significance of the place, which helped. Otherwise, it might have been just a long and pleasant walk along a walkway lined with impressive statues, to a huge hall with a nice view from the rooftop.

Other people have already given very good explanations of how to get there and the background behind the complex. The only thing to add is that the bottom floor of the Mausoleum contains an exhibit documenting all of the royal mausoleums in China, which I found very interesting. There are quite a few!
Written February 6, 2020
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Dickson90
Singapore, Singapore305 contributions
Dec 2019
The Ming Xiaoling is a Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) tomb mausoleum of the first Ming emperor, the Hongwu Emperor (Zhu Yuanzhang). As the Ming Dynasty's capital was originally situated at Nanjing at first until the completion of the Forbidden City in 1420, hence why this tomb is located at Nanjing whereas the other Ming tombs are located in Beijing.

The tomb is part of the Purple Mountain area of Nanjing, which also contains the Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum, the Sun Quan Mausoleum and the Meiling Villa, amongst others as well. This means that a few of these sites can be covered within the same day, although the walking distance can be considerable however.

The tomb can be reached by metro on Muxuyuan station or through taxi. Be prepared for a long walk just to get to the proper entrance of the first building though as first you will need to walk through a garden or park of sorts. The garden is about at least more than half a kilometre in length, where you will be greeted with a long line of all sorts of animal and human statues, some of which are rather interesting to look at. It can be quite beautiful to photograph them on autumn or winter sometimes.

Once you reach the first building proper, there is still a significant distance to walk to finally get to the last and biggest building of the tomb, which is the mausoleum. There will be steps to climb up and some of it is not that easy so those with difficulty climbing will have to take it slow here. Once you get up to the top however, the views can be very stunning and well worth the long walk.

Compared to the Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum, this is less crowded and more pleasant to walk to due to less stairs, but the amount of walking should not be underestimated, for it simply just shows how big in scale the Ming emperors built their tomb. Definitely worth a visit for the first time visitor to Nanjing.
Written January 1, 2020
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Wilson Wong J.W
Singapore, Singapore18 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
After a visit to Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum, this is another site one should not miss out. I visited it in the end Dec; its around 2-5degree! Phew.
Written December 28, 2019
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WengKeeLeong
Singapore, Singapore301 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
This is primarily of historical interest. The gardens are nice to walk through. The most interesting encounter we had was with a man doing calligraphy on the stone slabs along the walk leading towards the mausoleum, with water instead of ink! He was using that as a form of advertisement of his works; they do not contaminate the environment and fade away slowly - brilliant! And his calligraphy was beautiful too; regretted not patronising him.
Written December 24, 2019
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Ninni R
Helsinki, Finland574 contributions
Nov 2019 • Business
This tomb offers alot to see, even for the whole family. The place is huge and includes alot of walking up and down so definetely wear sneakers! Even in november, the place is a must see in Nanjing. The purple mountain buses take you there.
Written December 23, 2019
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Stephen C
1,055 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
This is a very nice garden. It requires an entrance fee of 70 RMB per adult. But it is also one of the 4 attractions included in the bundled deal of 100 RMB.

Make a beeline to the tomb by taking the path guarded by mythical animals. The walk will entrance number 5 to the tomb is about 1 km. You can also ride on the buggy if you buy the 100 RMB ticket.

The place has beautiful foliage so I can imagine it will be very pretty during Fall.
There are wide walkways throughout the garden.
Written October 3, 2019
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