These imperial cemeteries covering an area of 120 square kilometers are the best preserved Chinese imperial tombs and have been nominated by the UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site. The site of the Ming Dynasty Imperial Tombs was carefully chosen according to Fengshui (geomancy) belief and is enclosed by mountains in three sides. Built in 1409 AD, it is the burial place for emperors for the next 200 years, with 13 Ming emperors, 23 empresses and a number of concubines, princes and princesses buried there, and thus called 13 Mausoleums.
The Sacred Road and the Ming Tombs are near "Badaling" and "Ju Yong Guan" sections of the Great Wall. If time is limited, plan and see them together in a full day excursion instead of separating to visit on different days.
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