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NileGuide Expert tip:
A trip to the Ming Tombs can easily be completed as part of a trip to Badaling Great Wall. Many buses and package tours take in both sites in the same day, as it only takes about 2 hours to complete a tour of the tombs.
The Ming Tombs are located around 50km northwest of Beijing, and represent the collective name for the 13 mausoleums of the Ming Dynasty Emperors (1368-1644). The tomb was originally built only for Emperor Changling, whose tomb is the largest and best preserved of any of the tombs. Although only the tombs of Changling and Dingling are open to the public, the tombs represent an interesting insight into the burial rituals of Imperial China. The two tombs are quite different in style, with the large Changling tomb consisting of a huge camphor wood building and the Dingling tomb being an underground chamber.