This section covers a few distinguished -and sometimes almost forgotten- mausoleums. They include tombs of concubines, eunuchs, a general and even a king.
One of these tombs is actually the largest imperial Ming mausoleum in existence -and it doesn't even entomb an Emperor!
Another tomb contains the person that constructed the still extant northern moat of central Beijing!
Some concubines managed to get their own mausoleum and a couple of eunuchs were honored with a tomb close to their Emperor.
But most ordinary folks could only afford a simple burial and a small tomb stone. Farmers even to this very day often reserve a small plot of land in their field as a mausoleum for the family members, like the one above.
Often influenced the emperor's decisions and hence the fate of the empire.
Castrated males, many of whom contributed to the demise of the Ming.
The Ming emperor who never reigned as a Ming emperor
Key general and Zhu Yuanzhang's brother in arms in the early Ming period.
Cofounder of the Ming dynasty and one of Zhu Yuanzhang's famous generals.