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Ming TombsSome 50 kilometers northwest of the downtown Beijing, the Ming Tombs is the burial site of 13 out of 17 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Started in the year 1409 with the construction of Chang Mausoleum for Zhu Di (1360-1424, Emperor Mingchengzhu, the third emperor of Ming Dynasty), for over 230 years, the Ming Tombs was completed in 1644 when the Emperor Chongzhen (1610-1644, the last emperor of Ming Dynasty) was buried in Si Mausoleum. Within constructed 13 emperor tombs, 7 imperial concubine tombs, and 1 eunuch tomb, the Ming Tombs altogether houses 13 emperors, 23 empresses, 2 princes, more than 30 imperial concubines and 1 eunuch of Ming Dynasty. Being the last resting place of 13 emperors, it is also called as Thirteen Tombs by Chinese.  At present, the Sacred Way, Changling Tomb, Zhaoling Tomb and Dingling Tomb are open to the public.

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Sacred Way (Shen Dao) is 7 kilometers long, the longest in China's royal tombs, from south to north across the center of the tombs area. It was thought to have leaded the emperors' souls to enter heaven. It was a path built as a part of the tomb for the Ming emperors, connecting the entrance with real tomb. It was built for the first tomb Changling - the tomb of Emperor Yongle at first, the most powerful emperor in the Ming dynasty. But as the later tombs were built either to the right or to the left, it became the main road to all of them. It is a long, straight path flanked by statues first of ancient government officials and then by animals. The Sacred Way ends at a pavilion sheltering a stone tablet. They formed one group, but each tomb is independent of the other. Each locates at the foot of a hill.

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