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Exterior Scene of the Eastern Qing Tombs

Friday, February 12th, 2016
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Along with the Western Qing Tombs, the Easternb Qing Tombs were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000. The Eastern and Western Qing Tombs are an imperial mausoleum complex of Qing Dynasty ( 1644 – 1912 ), the last dynasty in Chinese history.

About 125km to the east of Beijing, the Eastern Qing Tombs are located in Zunhua City, Hebei Province. The Eastern Qing  Mausoleum Complex is the largest  extant group of imperial tombs and buildings properly laid out. Here are buried 161 people including five emperors: (Shunzhi, Kangxi, Qianlong, Xianfeng, and Tongzhi), 15 empresses, 136 imperial concubines, three princes, and two princesses of the Qing dynasty.

Among the massive and delicate ancient buildings in the Eastern Qing Tombs, there are over 580 single buildings including the extant widest  stone archway, the best preserved 0ver-6000-meter spirit way and the elaborate underground palaces in China.

The Eastern Qing Mausoleum Complex was built after the imperial architectural rules and systems of Ming Dynasty ( 1368 – 1644 ). When you enter the imperial complex, you will first see the stone archway, the largest extant one in China, devoted to the first emperor of Shunzi who ruled over China in Qing Dynasty.

If you are planning your Hebei tour, a day trip to the Eastern Qing Tombs is highly recommended.

The largest extant stone archway in China, 31.35 meters wide and 12.48 meters  high.

The largest extant stone archway in China

The largest extant stone archway in China

 

Just north of the stone archway is the red gate, the grand palace gate where the imperial spirit way of Xiaoling Tomb starts.

The grand palace gate

The grand palace gate

 

The over-6000-meter Spirit Way of Xiaoling Tomb ( for Emperor Shunzi ) is the longest spirit ways in the Eastern Qing Tombs and China as well.

The spirit way meanders from south to north lined with 18 pairs of vivid stone statues of officials, officers and animals.

The over-6000-meter Spirit Way of Xiaoling Tomb

The over-6000-meter Spirit Way of Xiaoling Tomb

 

Walking further north, you will see the Divine Merit Stelae Pavilion with gable and hip roof with multiple eaves. The stelae record the performance of Emperor Shunxi.

The Divine Merit Stelae Pavilion

The Divine Merit Stelae Pavilion

 

The Dragon and Phenix Gate, the Qing pattern archway, comprises 6 stone pillars and 4 sections of glazed walls with three gates, a kind of firy archway.

The Dragon and Phenix Gate

The Dragon and Phenix Gate

 

To the east of Shunzhi’s mausoleum are Jingling (Kangxi Emperor) and Huiling (Tongzhi Emperor).

The  Jingling Tomb (Kangxi Emperor)

The Jingling Tomb Exterior

The Jingling Tomb Exterior

 

Huiling (Tongzhi Emperor)

Huiling (Tongzhi Emperor).

Huiling (Tongzhi Emperor).

 

To the west of Xiaoling Tomb ( Shunzi ) lie Yuling (Qianlong Emperor), Ding Dongling (Dowager Empress Cixi and Empress Ci’an), and Dingling (Xianfeng Emperor).

Yuling Tomb Exterior (Qianlong Emperor)

Yuling Tomb Exterior (Qianlong Emperor)

Yuling Tomb Exterior (Qianlong Emperor)

 

Ding Dongling Tomb Exterior (Dowager Empress Cixi and Empress Ci’an)

Ding Dongling Tomb Exterior

Ding Dongling Tomb Exterior

 

Dingling Tomb Exterior (Xianfeng Emperor)

Dingling Tomb Exterior

Dingling Tomb Exterior

 

How to get there from Beijing
Entrance fee: 152 yuan ( including electric buggy service ).
Opening Hours: 08:30 -17:00)
Add: below Changrui Mountain in Zunhua City
Self-Drive Route(about 2 hours): Jingping Expressway (京平高速) -Jinyu Expressway (津蓟高速)- S302 Xibang Road (喜邦路).
Escorted Private Day Tour: Beijing Eastern Qing Tombs Day Tour

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Visit the Eastern Qing Tombs in spring

Visit Eastern Qing Tombs in Spring

Sunday, July 12th, 2015
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The Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day, is around the corner. The festival falls on either 4 or 5 April, the 15th day after the Spring Equinox of a given year. Now it is a statutory public holiday in China. Basically, the week around 4 or 5 April is generally regarded as the festival period though officially people only have one day off for the holiday.

“Qingming” literally means”Clear and Bright”, suggesting the Qingming Festival is the time for people to go out and enjoy the greenery embracing the coming spring time. The Qingming Festival is also the time for people to pay tribute to their deceased loved ones and ancestors. In a word, the Qingming Festival is a time for people to enjoy the green spring and visit the graves of their deceased beloved ones.

If you happen to visit Beijing during the Qingming Festival, it is a good idea to visit the Eastern Qing Tombs to experience China’s ancestor veneration and tread in the greenery outside Beijing. Of course, you may come to the Eastern Qing Tombs any time, summer or autumn, also a good season to visit the site. The Qing Eastern Tombs are about 130km to the northeast of Beijing city center, and located in Zunhua, Hebei Province. Enlisted as World Cultural Heritage Site, the royal mausoleums in Qing Dynasty ( 1644 – 1911 ) are regarded as the largest, most complete and the best preserved imperial tombs in China.

The whole burial site is surrounded by the mountains on its four sides – Changrui Mountain, Jinxing Mountain, Huanghua Mountain, and Yingfei Daoyang Mountain, extending 80 square kilometers with good fengshui. Totally, five emperors in Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911) – Shunzhi, Kangxi, Qianlong, Xianfeng, and Tongzhi, were buried here accompanied by 15 empresses, 136 imperial concubines, three princes, and two princesses of the Qing dynasty who were also buried here. The tomb of Ding Dongling was where Dowager Empress Cixi was buried.

Yuling is the tomb of the Qianlong Emperor, the fourth emperor of the Qing dynasty(1644-1911), is considered the the most splendid one of all the royal tombs in Chinese history. It has a ornate and delicate chamber which is composed of nine vaults divided by four solid marble doors lying at a depth of 54 meters. All the walls, ceilings and gates are carved and painted with Buddhist figures and over 30,000 words of Tibetan scripture and Sanskrit.

The basic layout of the Eastern Qing Tombs is composed of three areas: spirit way, palaces, and offering kitchens. The Spirit Way is 6,000 meters long, much longer than the Spirit Way in the Ming Tombs in the suburban Beijing. Altogether, the construction of the whole mausoleum took 247 years ( 1661 – 1908).

Eastern Qing Tombs

Eastern Qing Tombs

How to get there
Entrance fee: 152 yuan ( including electric buggy service ).
Opening Hours: 08:30 -17:00)
Add: below Changrui Mountain in Zunhua City
Self-Drive Route(about 2 hours): Jingping Expressway (京平高速) -Jinyu Expressway (津蓟高速)- S302 Xibang Road (喜邦路).
Escorted Private Day Tour: Beijing Eastern Qing Tombs Day Tour

 

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