Following the same layout as the other two tombs, Zhāo Líng is the smallest of the three, and many of its buildings are recent rebuilds....
The road leading up to the tombs is a 7km stretch called Spirit Way. Commencing from the south with a triumphal triple archway, known...
Museum of the Ming Tombs
Nóngjiāfàn Kuàicān is a small restaurant in the car park at Dìng Líng (no English sign or menu). Dishes include: xīhóngshì jīdàn miàn...
Dìng Líng information
Dìng Líng, the resting place of Emperor Wanli (1572–1620) and his wife and concubines, is at first sight less impressive than Cháng Líng because many of the halls and gateways have been destroyed. Many of the priceless artefacts were ruined after being left in a huge, unsealed storage room that leaked water. What treasures that were left – including the bodies of Emperor Wanli and his entourage – were looted and burned by Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution.
But this is the only tomb where you can climb down into the vast burial chambers. Learn from signs dotted around the tomb how archaeologists found their way in, à la Indiana Jones, by following instructions they discovered on a carved tablet.
The small Museum of the Ming Tombs (明十三陵博物馆; Míng Shísānlíng Bówùguǎn; inside the Dìng Líng complex; admission with Dìng Líng ticket), just inside the complex, contains a few precious remaining artefacts, plus replicas of destroyed originals.