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The Soul Tower accesses this Ming home page

General information base page

Information about and around the Ming tombs

Imperial tombs start page

Main section covering each Ming emperor's individual tomb

Eunuchs, generals, consorts, etc.

The pretty but wicked concubine accesses other Ming tomb pages

Literature, acknowledgements and credits

Reference material and credits

The official Ming tombs web is here

China's Ming Tombs

The Ming Dynasty was declared in 1368 following a successful rebellion against the rulers of the Mongolian Yuan dynasty.

Xianling Soul Tower

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.

But these pages will go beyond that by also exploring other Ming tombs like those of concubines, generals, eunuchs, etc.

And for those interested, we will revisit the annual rites, provide a tomb dictionary, touch upon geomancy, Ming tomb layout and similar concepts on the information pages.

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.