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Mingxiao Mausoleum

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Location: Nanjing
Address: Zhongshan Scenic Zone, Zhijing Mountain, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210000, China
Fee: 50 Yuan/ticket, free entry after 19:00
Operation: 8:00 -18:00 Monday to Sunday, Spring and Autumn are the best searson to go.
Route: Bus No. 20, or Tourist Bus No. 2, 3, all to the site

Phone: 86-25-8444 6111

Mingxiao Mausoleum (Ming Xiao Mausoleum, Mingxiao Tomb) was constructed for the first emperor of Ming Dynasty, the Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang. Lying in the south of Zhongshan Mountain (Zijinshan Mountain), the tombís construction started in 1381 and took 25 year to complete. It is the resting place for the emperor and his wife, Queen Ma. In 2003, the mausoleum was selected as a site for the World Famous Cultural Heritage.

The royal mausoleum covers a land of several kilometers and its wall extends up to 45 kilometers in length. The area has many historic relics including Sifang Cheng (the Square Town).

Stunnig is the panoramic landscape of dark-green forest, nearby observatory, hiking trails and other historical relics that can be obseved when you are there.

One of the most mysterious legends opened up the possibility that this mausoleum might not be the real tomb where the emperorís physical body was buried. It was said that after the emperor died, following the memorial service, there were 14 funeral processings going on, carrying 14 coffins to diverse directions at the same time. Nobody knew which one was the true funeral processing that carried the emperor's real corpse to his highly secret tomb.

Accoring to reports, recent archaeological analyses have led experts to believe that the Mingxiao Mausoleum is the emperorís real tomb and it is still intact without damages from tomb robbery.

One of the World Heritage sites, a national 4-AAAA tourist attraction site, the first Emperor tomb of Ming Dynasty. Spend a day to visit the whole area including other historic sites. Highly recommended.

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