The Ming Tombs – 7 Interesting Facts To Know!
The Ming Tombs are located approximately 30 miles north of Beijing and are one of the most popular places to visit while traveling in China. Tourists from all over the world come to China to see the Great Wall, the Forbidden City in China and the Ming Dynasty area.
Below are 7 interesting facts to know about the Ming Dynasty Tombs:
1. Located about 30 miles from downtown Beijing are some of the best preserved examples of Chinese ancient burial architecture, the 13 mausoleums or Ming Tombs as they are more commonly referred to. These Tombs are ranked among the finest UNESCO World Heritage sites located in China.
2. The third Ming Dynasty Emperor Yongle is accredited to create a plan of what was to become one of the most popular Chinese landmarks. Starting with Yongle Emperor and going forward, thirteen emperors have been buried in the tombs and approximately 23 empresses along with princes and princesses. There are a number of concubines and even one eunuch that were buried among the emperors.
3. The area is constructed with the Feng-Shui belief in mind. With three mountains as the backdrop and a flowing river alongside, the area is aesthetically pleasing. The layout of the burial grounds is unique and unlike any other tombs found in this area. Bad spirits and evil winds are deflected by the arch shaped landscape nestled at the base of the Jundu Mountain.
4. Visitors are able to tour three open to the public tombs, namely Changling, Dingling and Zhao Ling. One of the tombs at the site is a tomb of the Wanli Emperor. The Dingling tomb is the only one of the Ming tombs to have been unearthed revealing the finest rolls of silk fabric, jewelry, pottery and interesting objects. Unfortunately the technology during excavation period did not allow for artifact preservastion and most of the findings have been severly deteriorated with time.
5.The Spirit Way road is stretching along seven kilometers taking guests to see highly dignified Ming tombs. Along the way be prepared to see highly ornate statues depicting mythical animals, royal and military figures, arches and architectural elements heightening your experience. These spirits are believed to guard the entrance to the Ming Tombs.
6. At this point no more excavation work is planned on any other tombs according to a decree issued by the Peoples Republic of China in the efforts to preserve the priceless cultural and historical heritage that these tombs contain. This is impart due to severe political unrest at the end of 1960’s which led to extensive destruction of artifacts and Wanli Emperor remnants by the notorious Red Guards.
7. Visitors can tour the Ming tombs during their travel to Beijing adventures combined with others China attractions. Tourists can take advantage of the Great Wall of China tours or visit more than one mausoleum including the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China in Xi’an province. His tomb emphasizes the 8,000 terracotta warrior statues surrounding the resting place.