Top things to do in Ming Tombs

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…
Chinese in Ming Tombs

Nóngjiāfàn Kuàicān

Nóngjiāfàn Kuàicān is a small restaurant in the car park at Dìng Líng (no English sign or menu). Dishes include xīhóngshì jīdàn miàn (西红柿鸡蛋面; egg and tomato noodles; ¥18), zhájiàng miàn (炸酱面; Běijīng-style pork nood…
Monument in Ming Tombs

Stone Statues

These famous statues, a guard of 12 sets of giant stone animals and officials, line the Spirit Way leading to the Ming Tombs.
Museum in Ming Tombs

Museum of the Ming Tombs

This museum houses a small collection of items excavated from Dìng Líng, along with replicas of items destroyed by the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution.
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.