Friday, July 3, 2009

The Ming Dynasty Tombs, Beijing

The moment I have been waiting for have finally arrived, after waiting for years. Yes, I always wanted to go to the Great Wall of China. It's today, but not right now, because I have an appointment with tour-beijing.com . Mr Laoli the manager with tour-beijing.com have arranged for my Tour A. Details as below:
Tour A: Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs One Day Tour
Departure: Daily
Duration: 1 day
Starts at: 07.30 am
Ends at: 06.00 pm
Starting point: Your Hotel
Ending point: Your Hotel
We speak: English
Price: USD$20.00 per head
Tour Itinerary: Pick up at your hotel between 7:30am and 8:30. Then drive to Changling--- one of the Tombs of thirteen Emperors of Ming Dynasty with 500 year history are about 50 kilometres to the north of Beijing. After lunch. the drive to Badaling Great Wall takes about 40 minutes. Badaling section is the most famous and best-preserved wall. It lies 100 KM away at the northwest of Beijing. If you want to get to the highest point and have a bird eye¡¯s view of this section of the great wall, cable car is a good choice ( optional ). After the tour, transferred back to your hotel. After picking us from our respective hotels, it took us another hour by coach to reach the Ming Dynasty Tombs at Changling. Photo: Silk Burning Stove, Changling tombAccording to Wikepedia: The Ming Dynasty Tombs (Chinese: 明朝十三陵; pinyin: Míng cháo shí sān líng; lit. Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty) are located some 50 kilometers due north of urban Beijing at a specially selected site. The site was chosen by the third Ming Dynasty emperor Yongle (1402–1424), who moved the capital of China from Nanjing to the present location of Beijing. The Ming tombs of the 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty were located on the southern slope of Mount Taishou (originally Mount Huangtu). He is credited with envisioning the layout of the ancient city of Beijing as well as a number of landmarks and monuments located therein. After the construction of the Imperial Palace (the Forbidden City) in 1420, the Yongle Emperor selected his burial site and created his own mausoleum.
From the Yongle Emperor onwards, 13 Ming Dynasty Emperors were buried in this area. The tombs of the first two Ming Emperors are located near Nanjing (the capital city during their reigns). Emperor Jingtai was also not buried here, as the Emperor Tianshun had denied Jingtai an imperial burial, but was instead buried west of Beijing. The last Chongzhen Emperor, who hanged himself in April 1644, named Si Ling by the Qing emperor, was the last to be buried here, but on a much smaller scale than his predecessors. During the Ming dynasty the tombs were off limits to commoners, but in 1644 Li Zicheng's army ransacked and set many of the tombs on fire before advancing and capturing Beijing in April of that year.Photo: The book of facts explaining the past Emperor. kindly click the picture to enlarge.
Frankly speaking, I was more interested in visiting the Great Wall. As such I didn't pay much attention to the tour guide this time. The Ming Dynasty Tombs offer more historical stories rather than just scenery.
And here is the gate where you don't walk through to visit the tombs, but you have to walk through to get out. The belief is that you don't walk to the tombs, but when you walk out, you have to walk together with the rest of the entourage saying aloud 'wo hui lai le' meaning 'I am back'. literally it means you are back to the real world now. The ladies will step with the right leg first and the guys with the left leg first. Well, at least you know some ancient Chinese custom. Belief it or not, it's up to you..My next posting is the Badaling Great Wall of China ! Do drop by to join me on my Great Wall tour coming soon..
Good Night (11.50 PM)

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Pak Zawi said...

Lim,
How on earth are your going to respond to the first comment when you can't even read it? I can't either hehehehe.
Let us wait for your Great Wall post.

rainstorm said...

Pak Zawi, that comment is from a company selling some barang -barang la :)

J said...

The Ming tombs werent something I ever got round to visiting, and I think that your photos have saved me a trip if I got back! ;)

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous post, beautiful captures! Always look forward to sharing your trips! Have a great week!

Luiz Ramos said...

China is a beautiful place.

Ebie said...

Thanks for sharing. I am proud of my heritage,(50/50 Filipino-Chinese)my dad was born in Kwangtung Province. although I have not been to Beijing.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

KB: What a neat place with great info. My son visited the Great Wall last year and his band played on it.

Babooshka said...

Always humbled by your posted. So much info and astonishing building.

Karen said...

Really interesting information in your post...

Wonderful captures of a beautiful place...

Elisabeth's bright side said...

Great pictures with comments. I really liked the Silk Burning Stove.
Have a great tour!

nadia said...

Excellent shots!

Arija said...

The Ming Tombs are really impressive. Did you see the squirrels and Persimmon trees?

Denise said...

Incredible!!!! Such an interesting and wonderful experience, all beautiful photos, thank you very much for sharing them.

eileeninmd said...

What a wonderful post and thanks for taking me with you on the tour. Your photos were wonderful and I will look forward to seeing the Great Wall.

Erin said...

this looks like an excellent way to see the sights. i do enjoy stopping by and seeing where we will be off to next :)
have a good week.

PS : De-abbreviate as you like ;) said...

this was really lovely !! waiting for the next post :)

Lawstude said...

wow. this blog of yours is equally amazing as your other one. i would definitely have the time of my life there.

The Ming Dynasty said...

Very informative post. Ming Dynasty Tombs are the thirteen Tombs of the Ming Empire.This location was cautiously selected as per the Feng Shui principles.It is a valley that has water and other necessities as per Feng Shui.