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Ming Tombs, Nankou

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Open Hours: Changling & Zhaoling Tomb: Daily 8:30a-5:30p; Dingling Tomb: Daily 8:30a-6p
Some 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest of Beijing and hidden amongst scenic mountains are 13 tombs from the Ming Dynasty era. The Emperor Yong Le first chose to build his tomb here in 1407, and successive emperors have followed suit. The tomb of Emperor Shen Zong is one of three excavated so far. Dubbed the Underground Palace, it is a dark and gloomy cement-like bunker. Perhaps more noteworthy are the more than 3000 archeological artifacts displayed in the vaulted stone halls. Usually, a trip to the Ming Tombs is a part of Great Wall tour package offered by travel agencies.