Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty

Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty

Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty
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dyhx
Singapore5,936 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Got a bundle ticket at RMB100 which includes 明孝陵,美玲宫,音乐台 & 灵谷塔. 

Originally we didn't plan for 音乐台 but since the entry tickets for 明孝陵 & 美玲宫 would come up to RMB100 anyway, we took up the bundle ticket. I did low-key regret not making it to 灵谷塔 though. 

They offer audio guides via the Wechat Mini app at RMB35 (covering 明孝陵, 中山陵& 灵谷塔 ). Highly recommended, makes the long walks a little more bearable too. 

明孝陵 is the final resting place of Ming Taizu 朱元璋 (founding Emperor of the Ming Dynasty) and his wife, 明 refers to 朱元璋 while 孝 is adopted from the wife's royal title 孝慈高皇后. This is also the largest tomb in Nanjing, that took 25 years and 100,000 men to build, setting the standard for future Mausoleums, hence also known as 明清皇家第一陵. 
Written 23 April 2024
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Joanne H
London, UK933 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The tomb and the park it sits in are definitely worth a visit - quintessential China in many ways. Incredible workmanship and there's an interesting exhibit about Emperor Zhu and the tomb in the tomb building itself (as well as a VR 'experience' which I skipped).

Get the 100 RMB ticket which gives you access to the Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum and Linggu area as well. Any of the ticket desks will sell you one for cash or Alipay/WeChat on presentation of your passport if you're not Chinese.
Written 19 October 2023
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Visit Nanjing
Nanjing, China65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Business
The Xiaoling Tomb of the Ming Dynasty is the foremost among the mausoleums of Ming and Qing emperors in China. It is the resting place of Zhu Yuanzhang, the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty, and his empress Ma. The construction began in 1381 AD. The Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty Scenic Area is centered around the mausoleum complex, encompassing the Grand Golden Gate, Four-sided City, Dismounting Archway, Plum Blossom Hill, Purple Mist Lake, and other attractions. The most picturesque 600-meter avenue lined up with stone elephants is a must-see spot.
Written 14 October 2023
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Ailton007
Seattle, WA1,169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
There is a lot to see and explore on Purple Mountain (Sun Yat Sen Memorial etc.) and this tomb while UNESCO Site fairly common if you have been to other temples. Well maintained, peaceful and not busy when we were there. You learn about the cultural significance and background and I recommend to spend at least half a day exploring the entire area. Well worth it!
Written 6 November 2022
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed walking through the area on the sacred pathway (lined with stone animals and soldiers) on the way to the tomb. The cost to enter is 70 RMB and you can pay 100 RMB to get a discount ticket to see other attractions in the purple mountain area as of March 2021.

The gardens are well maintained and there are plenty of signs to point you in the right direction. The ramps to go to the top of the tomb building are a little slippery and uneven so make sure you have good shoes.

There are also lots of cats and pollen in this area when we went in March 2021 so you might want to bring your allergy medication just in case. There were also plenty of mosquitoes but they did not bite at all. Lots of places to grab snacks and drinks in the park area - the highlight for us was a Johnsonville sausage trailer!

Closest Metro to the main gate was Muxuyuan. To Didi here you can enter "Ming Xiaoling Masoleum Scenic Area - Ticket Office".
Written 30 March 2021
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GettingThere
Shanghai, China4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This place is worth seeing, not just for the pretty scenery on the mountain, but also because of the burial site of the first Ming emperor.
Written 1 August 2020
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UOtterTravel
Port Saint Lucie, FL1,248 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We booked a day tour to Nanjing from Shanghai and this was one the stops on the tour. It was the last day of the plum blossom festival and the blooms were beautiful! There’s a walk with massive carvings of animals, carved out of a single piece of rock. There are four carvings of each animal - two standing and two resting. The animals are guards. We didn’t climb up to the tomb, but just walked the grounds. It was quite busy and was nice to have a local guide. We took the bullet train between Shanghai and Nanjing which was a nice and clean train.
Written 18 March 2020
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Sara S
Oklahoma City, OK809 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited the mausoleum in early January on a cold, rainy, and foggy day. Surprisingly, the walk along the 1.1-mile long Sacred Way turned out to be the highlight of the visit. Its tranquility and unique beauty made the experience calming and pleasant. The stone sculptures of various animals and generals from the Ming Dynasty is something one should not miss. The mausoleum itself is not that impressive.
Written 7 February 2020
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geo3
Calgary, Canada1,466 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Interesting, although I was with a guide who explained the historical context and the significance of the place, which helped. Otherwise, it might have been just a long and pleasant walk along a walkway lined with impressive statues, to a huge hall with a nice view from the rooftop.

Other people have already given very good explanations of how to get there and the background behind the complex. The only thing to add is that the bottom floor of the Mausoleum contains an exhibit documenting all of the royal mausoleums in China, which I found very interesting. There are quite a few!
Written 6 February 2020
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Dickson90
Singapore, Singapore322 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Ming Xiaoling is a Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) tomb mausoleum of the first Ming emperor, the Hongwu Emperor (Zhu Yuanzhang). As the Ming Dynasty's capital was originally situated at Nanjing at first until the completion of the Forbidden City in 1420, hence why this tomb is located at Nanjing whereas the other Ming tombs are located in Beijing.

The tomb is part of the Purple Mountain area of Nanjing, which also contains the Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum, the Sun Quan Mausoleum and the Meiling Villa, amongst others as well. This means that a few of these sites can be covered within the same day, although the walking distance can be considerable however.

The tomb can be reached by metro on Muxuyuan station or through taxi. Be prepared for a long walk just to get to the proper entrance of the first building though as first you will need to walk through a garden or park of sorts. The garden is about at least more than half a kilometre in length, where you will be greeted with a long line of all sorts of animal and human statues, some of which are rather interesting to look at. It can be quite beautiful to photograph them on autumn or winter sometimes.

Once you reach the first building proper, there is still a significant distance to walk to finally get to the last and biggest building of the tomb, which is the mausoleum. There will be steps to climb up and some of it is not that easy so those with difficulty climbing will have to take it slow here. Once you get up to the top however, the views can be very stunning and well worth the long walk.

Compared to the Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum, this is less crowded and more pleasant to walk to due to less stairs, but the amount of walking should not be underestimated, for it simply just shows how big in scale the Ming emperors built their tomb. Definitely worth a visit for the first time visitor to Nanjing.
Written 1 January 2020
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