The Ming Tombs

The thirteen Ming tombs are situated at the foot of the Tianshou mountain in the Changing district of Beijing. The site was chosen according to the principles of Feng shui by emperor Yong Le, whom many consider the most important emperor of the Ming Dynasty. He selected his burial site in 1420, and created his own mausoleum after the construction of the Imperial Palace (Forbidden City) where he resided.

This is a cemetery complex for 13 emperors and covers an area of 80 sq.km. From Yong Le onwards 13emperors and their wives were buried here. The bronze statue of Yong Le is quite imposing and magnificent. The bottom photo is of some old, embroidered silk.

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