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The Soul Tower accesses this Ming home page
Information about and around the Ming tombs
Main section covering each Ming emperor's individual tomb
The pretty but wicked concubine accesses other Ming tomb pages
Reference material and credits
The official Ming tombs web is here
The Ming Dynasty was declared in 1368 following a successful rebellion against the rulers of the Mongolian Yuan dynasty.
The Ming would prove to be the last Han Chinese imperial rule of China. When it fell in 1644 less than two centuries later it was succeeded by the Manchurian Qing Dynasty.
The dynasty was declared in Nanjing but already in the early 1400's the 3rd Ming emperor moved the imperial court to Beijing. Hence, all Ming emperors were buried in Beijing except for the first, who was buried in Nanjing.
The main aim of this feature is to explore the mausoleum of each Ming emperor along with a brief recap of his reign.
Tombs may not rank high on the list of great places to visit. I hope however that my pages will inspire you to pay a visit to some of them. Trust me, it's well worth it.