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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

Chengde Outdoor Winter Activities

Saturday, January 30th, 2016
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Plan your Chendge tour? You may hesitate to visit Chengde in winter. As you know, Chengde is noted for its Mountain Resort, a trump card in Chengde attracting numerous holiday-makers in summer from all the corners of China in addition to burning joss sticks at the eight outer temples and riding horses at Mulan Weichang Grassland outside Chengde.

So any interesting things to do in winter in Chengde? Actually, there are a bunch of things worth your time including skating on the lakes in Sumer Resort, appreciating flower lanterns, bathing in hot springs and skiing. If you happen to visit Beijing in winter, a side trip to Chendge eithert by bus or train is highly recommended.

1. Skating on the lakes in Mountain Resort 
In winter you find the parts of the lakes in Mountain  Resort turned into skating surfaces as well as hockey fields for the enjoyment of the local residents and visitors.  Strap on your skates and take to the frozen surface of the lakes in Summer Resort. The Summer Resort Hockey Tournament will be held in the former imperial summer resort.

Riding a school-kid sized chair with no brakes and no steering, a kind of chair-sleds.

Chair-sled in Chengde

Chair-sleds

Playing hockey at Summer Resort in Chengde.

Playing hockey at Summer Resort in Chengde

Playing hockey at Summer Resort in Chengde

2. Dingsheng Imperial Lantern Festival
Lantern festival is a typical Chinese traditional festival which falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month, usually in February or March. It was originated in the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 25) and  it has become a festival with great significance. Now it is held around China each year.

Chengde Dingsheng Imperial Lantern Festival is held in Dingsheng Cultural Industry Garden in Yuanbaoshan Scenie Area, Shuangluan District, Chgengde (承德双滦区元宝山风景区鼎盛文化产业园). It is the largest imperial lantern festival in the northern China.  The festival is open during February 01- 22.

Dingsheng Imperial Lantern Festival

Dingsheng Imperial Lantern Festival

3. Bathing in Hot Spring
There are legions of hot spring resorts in Chengde.  You may bath in the outside forest hot springs or indoor hot springs. It is cool and comfortable to soak yourself in hot springs during this winter season, an excellent way to wash off the dirt and relax your body.

Experiencing the outdoor hot spring at Longhua Fengshui Bay Hot Spring Resort (隆化枫水湾温泉度假村).

 Longhua Bay Hot Spring Resort

Longhua Bay Hot Spring Resort

Soak in an indoor hot spring resort

Soak in an indoor hot spring resort

Soak in an indoor hot spring resort

4. Skiing at Chengde No.01 Ski Resort 
Chengde Baoyuanshan Ski Resort ( 承德元宝山滑雪场 ) has a good location, only 2 km away from the center of Chengde. It has 5 totally trails including 3 advanced (1700 meters), one intermediate (150 meters ) and  one primary level (100 meters).

Every trail is equipped with a good snow–made system. Each year a juvenile ski tournament will be held at the ski resort.

Skiing at Baoyuanshan Ski Resort

Skiing at Baoyuanshan Ski Resort

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Tip:  Hassle-free Chengde Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Chengde:

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Chengde
Top 10 Attractions in Chengde
How to Visit Chengde in One Day
Chengde Outdoor Winter Activities

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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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