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The Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties bring to fore the architectural, cultural and artistic tradition that dominated South East Asia for 5 centuries. The Qing Dynasty Imperial Tombs in Liaoning were inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2000 while those of the Ming Dynasty were inscribed in 2003.

Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties you gotta go here

The Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties bring to fore the architectural, cultural and artistic tradition that dominated South East Asia for 5 centuries. The Qing Dynasty Imperial Tombs in Liaoning were inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2000 while those of the Ming Dynasty were inscribed in 2003.

Qing Dynasty Imperial Tombs

There are 3 Qing Dynasty Imperial Tombs in Liaoning province. They include;

  • The Yongling Tomb
  • The Fuling Tomb,
  • The Zhaoling Tomb

The three tombs were all constructed in the 17th century and they followed the Chinese geomancy and fengshui traditional theme. They feature rich decoration with the most prominent carving being that of the Dragon, a symbol that was regularly use by the Qing Monarchs as well as Manchu tribesmen.

In addition to the afore mentioned tombs, there is also the Western Qing Tomb that comprises 14 imperial tombs in 2 building complexes namely the Yongfu Tibetan Buddhist Temple as well as the palace where the imperial family resided every time they would come to either bury or honor their family members.

There is also the eastern Qing Tombs that hosts 15 mausolea. About 161 remains of emperors, empresses, princes, princesses and concubines lay in these tombs. Among the greatest of them are the Emperors Kangxi and Qianlongas well as the Dowager Empress of Cixi

Ming Dynasty Tombs

The Ming Dynasty tombs, also known as the Xianling Tombs, are located in the town of Zhongxiang in the Hubei Province – a distance of about 1000 kilometers from Beijing. Xing, who was declared emperor posthumously, was the first to lay the groundwork on this tomb. He planned to be buried there. Further works on the tombs were done by successive Ming Emperors. In due time, the mausoleum that was first built by Xing became a burial chamber for the family.

Of course the history of China is tied to that of its rulers. The history of Chinese rulers can be found in their various tombs. A visit to the tombs will take you through the Chinese political, economic, cultural, architectural and religious history. There are very few places in China and indeed in the world that can come even close to rivaling the history you will find here.

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