The Underground Palace of Dingling Tours – Beijing, China

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The Underground Palace of Dingling


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Tianshao Mountain, Changping district, Beijing, China, Beijing
Hours : 8:00 am to 5:30 pm( from 1st Apr. to 31th Oct.); 8:00 am to 5:00 pm(from 1st Nov. to 31th Mar.)

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The Underground Palace is from Dingling, the tomb of the 13th emperor in the Ming Dynasty.

The 13th Ming Emperor Zhuyijun was buried together with his two empresses. The Tomb was built from 1584~1590. It is the only one tomb has been excavated so far.

The Underground Palace is about 27 meters deep. The vaulted halls were built of stone, without any using of single beam or column. There are 5 chambers: The antechamber, middle chamber,rear chamber and two annex chambers on double sides of the middle chamber. It's very interesting to  explore the ancient tomb in Dingling. The excavation work started in May 1956. And took 2 years to complete. Totally there are more than 3,000 pieces of precious objects excavated from Dingling, mainly gold plates, basins, cups, bowls, spoons, gold and silver ingots, jewelry, etc.  Now some of the objects are showing in the Dingling Museum.

Bus No. 919 区 to No.314

It's better to hire a car or taxi

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By Julia Zhu,

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The only underground palace of the thirteen tombs that was excavated and openned to the public. The tomb houses Emperor Zhuyijun and two of his empresses together with treasure boxes, stone thrones.

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