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Located about 50 kilometers northwest of Beijing city center, The Ming Dynasty Tombs are a must-do for history buffs. Spare at least half day touring this massive 40-square-kilometer necropolis, situated at the base of the delightfully named Mountain of Heavenly Longevity. A total of 13 emperors were buried here between 1409 and 1642 after the Ming Dynasty moved its government's seat from its original capital Nanjing in the south to Beijing. Three of the 13 tombs are open to the public, but only one, the Tomb of Emperor Wanli (Dingling), the 13th Ming emperor, has been fully excavated and laid out for visitors. Separate admission fees apply to each tomb, plus an additional charge for the Ming museum.

Located about 50 kilometers northwest of Beijing city center, The Ming Dynasty Tombs are a must-do for history buffs. Spare at least half day touring this massive 40-square-kilometer necropolis, situated at the base of the delightfully named Mountain of Heavenly Longevity. A total of 13 emperors were buried here between 1409 and 1642 after the Ming Dynasty moved its government's seat from its original capital Nanjing in the south to Beijing. Three of the 13 tombs are open to the public, but only one, the Tomb of Emperor Wanli (Dingling), the 13th Ming emperor, has been fully excavated and laid out for visitors. Separate admission fees apply to each tomb, plus an additional charge for the Ming museum.

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