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The Hongwu Emperor Mausoleum
- The Hongwu Emperor Mausoleum
- Alt Name:
- Ming Xiao Ling
- Imperial China
- 1300AD - 1399AD
- Ming Dynasty
- Ming Tombs, The Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum ,
The Old Ming Palace,
about The Hongwu Emperor Mausoleum
The Hongwu Emperor Mausoleum (Ming Xiao Ling) is the burial site of the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang. The Hongwu Emperor Mausoleum was built in the course of the emperor’s life and completed in 1405, seven years after his death.
Located in the Purple Mountains or “Zĭjīn Shān” it is the only Ming Dynasty tomb in the area. The Hongwu Emperor Mausoleum is an impressive site, yet it would have been all the more imposing in its heyday, most of it having been destroyed in the Taiping Revolution.
Today, visitors can tour the tomb complex, seeing statues and monuments such as the Shengong Shengde Stele together with memorial tablets.
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Address: Ming Xiao Ling, Zijin Shan, China
Phone: Contact local tourist office
The Hongwu Emperor Mausoleum is located in the Purple Mountains, translated as Zijin Shan, which are around 2km east of the Nanjing. From Nanjing, the site is reached by tourist bus No.’s Y2 or Y3.
The Hongwu Emperor Mausoleum is open daily, 6:30am-6:30pm. Entry costs 50 Yen. There is also a Purple Mountain Pass which allows access to several sites, costing 130 Yen (requires a passport photo).
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