It just doesn’t stop to amaze me how much history and beauty there is in China – and countless Unesco World Heritage sites such as these Ming Dynasty tombs dating back to third emperor Yongle from 1402. Overall the tomb area, nested by the Tianshou Mountain in Beijing’s Changping district covers an amazing area of 40sq km (nearly 9900 acres), and currently it is possible to visit three of the tombs plus the sacred entrance way.
As always, the best time to go is during the week when one gets to visit the sights without queuing and huge crowns – and enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the area and the surrounding mountains.
My review of Ming Tombs near BeiJing/ 頁庫存檔 : Good-Excellent
Address: Ming Shisan Ling Area, Changling Town, Changping District, Beijing 102213 (about 30miles/50km outside city centre)
“This place is an important part of the Chinese history – it is amazing how well things have been preserved as many artifacts were found intact in the one tomb that has been excavated by far. The area is beautiful, pretty clean and tranquil and suits well also for the kids. There are few places to buy refreshments and some street vendors, but visitors are not being hassled like in some other places. Take a good 4-6 hours to enjoy all the sights, breath the clean(er) air and explore the past.” Here’s a great link that I found useful for getting some background into on the Ming Tombs: www.mingtombs.eu