Tomb in Ming Tombs

Ming Tombs

The Ming Tombs are the final resting place of 13 of the 16 Ming emperors (the first Ming emperor, Hongwu, is buried in Nánjīng, which means ‘Southern Capital’ and was the first capital of the Ming dynasty). Billed w…
Tomb in Ming Tombs

Cháng Líng

The resting place of the first of the 13 emperors to be buried at the Ming Tombs, Cháng Líng contains the body of Emperor Yongle (1402–24), his wife and 16 concubines. It's the largest, most impressive and most impo…
Tomb in Ming Tombs

Dìng Líng

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 pricel…
Area in Ming Tombs

Spirit Way

The road leading to the Ming Tombs is a 7km stretch called the Spirit Way. Commencing from the south with a triumphal triple archway, known as the Great Palace Gate, the path passes through the Stele Pavilion, which…
Tomb in Ming Tombs

Zhāo Líng

Zhāo Líng is the smallest of the main three Ming Tombs, and many of its buildings are recent rebuilds. It’s much less visited than the others, though, so is more peaceful, and the fortified wall (宝成; bǎo chéng) surr…
Notable Building in Ming Tombs

Stele Pavilion

This pavilion at the Ming Tombs contains a giant bìxì (mythical tortoise-like dragon) bearing the largest stele in China..
Ruins in Ming Tombs

Qìng Líng

The tomb of the Taichang emperor, one of the last emperors to be interred at the Ming Tombs.
Ruins in Ming Tombs

Sī Líng

The tomb of the Chongzhen emperor, the last of the Ming emperors.
Ruins in Ming Tombs

Kāng Líng

The tomb of the Zhengde emperor; it dates to 1521.
Ruins in Ming Tombs

Jǐng Líng

The tomb of the Xuande emperor, who died in 1435.