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Ming Tombs (Ming Shisan Ling)
Ming Tombs (Ming Shisan Ling)

Ming Tombs (Ming Shisan Ling)

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893 Reviews
8am - 5:30pm
Changchi Road, Changping Qu, Northern China, 102213

The Basics

Of the 13 tombs, three are open to the public and accessible via a statue-lined path called the Sacred Way, where the carvings of mythical animals and legendary figures are believed to ward off evil spirits. The Ming Tombs Museum sits just behind the ticket office and offers a short introduction to each of the 13 entombed emperors. Due to their proximity to portions of the Great Wall of China, the Ming Tombs are often included as a stop on tours to the Great Wall at Badaling, Mutianyu, or even Juyongguan.

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Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing
Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing
$73.00 per adult
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Excellent tour
We had a lovely day with our guide Cynthia who was very friendly and gave us lots of interesting facts about the ming tombs, the great Wall of China and Chinese culture.
CatherineByrneDub, Jan 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Beijing

star-4
Good Tour with helpful and reliable guide
Maps44865, Jan 2020
Small-Group Ming Tomb and Mutianyu Great Wall Tour from Beijing
We had a reliable guide, Yuly. She has full details on the history of the site and really helpful and co-operative in our tour. Only downside are the 2 stores that we were taken to visit, Jade and tea house. Feels awkward with the sales persons following us everywhere. Other than that, tour is great.
star-5
great trip
bengurt2017, Dec 2019
All-Inclusive Private Day Tour: Juyongguan Great Wall and Ming Tombs
We really enjoyed the tour despite cold weather. The tombs and sacred road ornamented with stone animals are a must-see. Jerry, our guide, was very friendly and helpful. His English was good. Picked up on time. Chinese food chosen by Jerry were tasteful and excellent.. Thanks a lot
star-5
Lovely day with great guide
AirMowb, Nov 2019
All Inclusive Private Tour to Huanghuacheng Waterside Great Wall and Ming Tombs
Had a fantastic day at The Great Wall (Huanghuacheng) and Ming Tombs (well, one tomb is all you can go in). Started with a great fall drive through the countryside. Not too many tourist at the time we went (Nov, on a Friday) but LOTS OF STAIRS! Be prepared! Ming Tombs were also lovely (more stairs) and very spiritual. All and all a great day with a great guide (Albert, as we westerners call him)...oh and lunch was super tasty and a great locals experience. All and all FIVE STARS!!!
star-4
Great experience of the Great Wall
EDOUARDPAYOT, Nov 2019
Small-Group Ming Tomb and Mutianyu Great Wall Tour from Beijing
Lovely day with nice guide. On time to get in the bus in the morning, Yoyo was very lovely and I had a splendid day - also because the weather was amazing. A bit too much time on the wall would have been good and not sure the Ming Tomb are worth that long stop.
star-5
Great Day at Great Wall!
landisharts, Nov 2019
Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing
Very informative and kind guide, nice and polite driver! We arrived early in the morning, so there were not many people, which made very easy to climb the Great Wall! Thanks!
star-5
Great wall great trip
Grumpy854, Oct 2019
Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing
We had booked a cruise around Asia And was looking for something to do whilst we were staying in Beijing for s few days, checked out trip advisor,like we all do, and found this great trip which was a great price. We meet out guide at our hotel which had been confirmed the day before. The Great wall has been on bucket for a few years, but we have done it also the Ming tombs and a traditional tea ceremony. Would book with Viator again
star-5
Great tour!
Bianca C, Oct 2019
Private Beijing Day Trip: Mutianyu Great Wall and Ming Tombs
Mutianyu Great Wall was a perfect location. Not too crowded and easy to get to. Coco was an excellent tour guide. She knew the best picture spots and she was able to edit my itinerary last minute because some government celebrations in Beijing shut down the attractions at different times. I highly recommend Coco as a tour guide!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Ming Tombs are a must-see for history buffs.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk; the site is vast and spread out.

  • The above-ground tourist routes at the Ming Tombs are wheelchair accessible.

  • Small-group and private tours to the Ming Tombs and Great Wall can last upwards of eight hours.

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How to Get There

The Ming Tombs are located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of Beijing. To arrive by public transit, take bus 919 from De Sheng Men Xi station, get off at Chang Ping Xi Guan station, and take bus 314 to the Dingling Tomb or Changling Tomb station.

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When to Get There

As one of Beijing’s most popular tourist sites, the Ming Tombs can get quite crowded during the summer tourist season and Chinese public holidays. In summer, arrive first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon to beat the crowds. For the best weather and manageable crowds, plan to visit on a spring or autumn weekday.

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Which Tombs to Visit

Of the three tombs open to the public, the Changling tomb built for Emperor Yongle is the largest and best preserved. It’s been described as a Forbidden City in miniature. The Dingling tomb of Emperor Zhu Yijun is most famous for its Underground Palace, where his original thrones still stand. Emperor Longqing’s Zhaoling tomb is the smallest and least visited tomb, notable for its above-ground architecture.

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