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The Ming Tombs

M. A. Aldrich

in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9789622097773
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622097773.003.0054
The Ming Tombs

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The Ming Tombs, or the Thirteen Tombs as they are called in Chinese, lie about 50 kilometers to the north of Peking, off the highway that leads to the Great Wall at Badaling and the Ju Yong Pass. In the past, the Ming Tombs accommodated independent travelers who wished to linger around the more obscure tombs and reflect on the impermanence of imperial grandeur and political glory. These days, a new imperial edict has been issued. Aside from three of the tombs, apparatchiks have locked the other tumuli behind iron gates and wooden doors. The specific tombs addressed include Chang Ling, Ding Ling, Zhao Ling, De Ling, Yong Ling, Jing Ling, Xian Ling, Qing Ling, Yu Ling, Mao Ling, Kang Ling, Tai Ling, and Si Ling.

Keywords: Ming Tombs; Chang Ling; Ding Ling; Zhao Ling; De Ling; Yong Ling; Jing Ling; Xian Ling; Qing Ling; Yu Ling

Chapter.  2964 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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