Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty

Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty

Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty
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geo3
Calgary, Canada1,466 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Ailton007
Seattle, WA1,168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
There is a lot to see and explore on Purple Mountain (Sun Yat Sen Memorial etc.) and this tomb while UNESCO Site fairly common if you have been to other temples. Well maintained, peaceful and not busy when we were there. You learn about the cultural significance and background and I recommend to spend at least half a day exploring the entire area. Well worth it!
Written November 6, 2022
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Joanne H
London, UK928 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The tomb and the park it sits in are definitely worth a visit - quintessential China in many ways. Incredible workmanship and there's an interesting exhibit about Emperor Zhu and the tomb in the tomb building itself (as well as a VR 'experience' which I skipped).

Get the 100 RMB ticket which gives you access to the Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum and Linggu area as well. Any of the ticket desks will sell you one for cash or Alipay/WeChat on presentation of your passport if you're not Chinese.
Written October 19, 2023
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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan1,504 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Family
The tomb for the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty. Most of the tourists visiting Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum start from the Muxuyuan Station (苜蓿園站) of Subway No. 2 (Red line).

Actually this station is at the midway of the mausoleum yard. Don’t miss the Sacred Way. It is lined with pairs of stone sculptured animals (elephants, lions, camels,,…) guarding the tomb.

Another tip is that no need to buy tickets at the ticket office nearby the Muxuyuan Station. Most of the visitors buy tickets from the Scenic Ticket Office near by the Muxuyuan station. I visited Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum during the Chinese Lunar New Year Festival. The ticket office was crowded with hundreds of people, pushing and shouting. Terrible!!

Actually, tourists can buy tickets (including joint ticket for Xiaoling Mausoleum, May-ling Palace, Linggu Temple and the music stage) directly at the entrance of each spot.
Written March 2, 2018
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Robredo
GZ422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
I went there in late Autumn, it's very beautiful at that time, trees were in red and golden yellow colors. Many visitors came here to take photos, so be sure to come in the early morning to avoid the tour groups. The area is very big, I spent about 4 hours there, the most beautiful place is Stone Elephant Road, and the Xiaoling Tomb.
Written January 13, 2015
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Syeec
Singapore53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Ming Tombs are part of a larger group of attractions at Purple Mountain (Also known as Zhongshan Scenic Attraction; and other names like Meihua Mountain Nature Reserve) such as Sun Yat Seng's Mausoleum, Plum Blossom Grove, Plum Blossom Hill, cable car to observatory etc. It is therefore very convenient to plan a day away from urban Nanjing and visit some of these attractions back to back.

For us, we wanted to catch the Plum Blossom Festival in spring 2010, so we started at the Plum Blossom Grove entrance (there are many entrances to this large scenic area), up the Plum Blossom Hill and then the Ming Tomb including the Sacred Way. It was not at all morbid or creepy. Rather, surrounded by lush greenery and plum blossoms and other spring flowers in bloom, the Ming Tomb area was generally serene and beautiful. The tomb and Sacred Way are significant because they formed the prototype for later Ming Tombs such as those in greater Beijing (which are now more famous and visited). The first Ming Emperor (a pioneer himself) and Empress are buried here. It is not very far uphill (as far as visitors are allowed to go), but having said that there is a long flight of stairs to climb up the Bao Cheng (Treasure City), and there didn't seem to be disabled access to this highest point. Beyond and behind, the hill (somewhere in which the emperor and empress are buried) is restricted. There are many architectural details of significance to pick up either from your own research or from guides who can be hired around the area.

There is also food and beverage for sale at various points, see the large billboard maps at strategic spots. Basic food though, don't expect fancy restaurants. It was good enough for our lunch and tea. We see families with children having outings and ladies pushing babies in strollers on the grounds. So all in all, it is a pleasant place to get some exercise walking around this part of the Purple Mountain, viewing the plum blossoms (the largest collection in China) and birds, learning about the historical and architectural details of the Ming Tombs -- all in a day away from the city.
Written July 22, 2010
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Hails41
Linz, Austria22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015
Nearest Metro is Muxuyuan and entrance is from gate 3.

Cost 70 RMB for the Ming Tombs and realized it also covers the whole park with its different attractions as well. The other attractions are Plum Blossom Gardens , Purple Lake , Memorial to Sun Quan , Sakura Gardens , Eternal Ming Pathway , plus a couple of others .

Focusing on the Xiaoling Tomb, it's the tomb of the first Ming emperor Zhu Yuan Zhang . Not so interesting if you are a westerner without prior knowledge of Chinese history. All you will see is a nice huge Chinese city wall style gate. But to those with Chinese historical knowledge , this is indeed a a place to visit and soak in the history.

Do not ever climb up to Bao Ding 宝顶. After 15 min of climbing and getting out of breath, the path leads down into the woods and eventually u come to a old Ming wall which u can follow back to the gate. Pissed off, I looked at the huge poster map and realized the woods is actually the burial mould and I have actually walked to the top of the mould thinking there's something majestic. there is nothing there ! Imagine a Chinese style burial mould . The impressive gate is the tombstone and the the mould is behind the gate, only 1000 times larger .

After the Xiaoling Tomb , you could walk onto the Eternal Ming pathway and visited other interests. All fees included in the 70 RMB

Do note that the popular Sun Yat Sen memorial is a separate area and its wise to take the 10 RMB buggy there or coming from there .
Written June 22, 2015
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hweeying
Johor Bahru, Malaysia4,466 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Family
We were here by Sept 2014. A very beautiful place especially if you come by fall season when maple leaf all become red. When the time we came there was only yellow color maple. The tomb itself is nothing much to see because the excavation of basement palace is prohibited by government. I did love the stone statue trail, both human and animal stone statue trail. We really enjoyed our peaceful moment at here. Recommend this place to tourist who come visit Nanjing.
Written December 19, 2014
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photographie1659
Worcester, UK99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
Out of the city, and a good walk from any of the drop off points. Plenty to see, with adequate facilities and resting places.
Suggest you go early to avoid the crowds.
Written September 19, 2014
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djny10003
New York City, NY95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I went to the Ming Tomb with a group during the summer. Nanjing is known for its heat, but being up on the mountain made it a little cooler. There is a long road lined with "stone guardian" statues of various creatures, then a long walk to the emperor's tomb. No cars are allowed, and the whole trip is about a total of one hour's walking if you don't stop. There are many historical attractions and places for good pictures.
Written September 4, 2006
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