Changling Tomb (Changling)

On August 26, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Tombs, by Jack Li

Located in the southern foot of the main peak of Tianshou Mountain, Changling Tomb is the mausoleum for the Emperor Yongle Zhudi the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and his empress Xushi. The Changling Tomb is the largest and earliest tomb to be built during the Ming Dynasty. As the most important tourist […]

Yongling Tomb (Yongling)

On August 26, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Tombs, by Jack Li

Yongling Tomb is located in the south of Yangcui Mountain. It is a large tomb where the eleventh Emperor Jiajing and his three wives were buried. Yongling Tomb was built in the fifteenth year that Emperor Shizong was in power. But he selected the tomb place after his wife Chen died. At that time, Emperor […]

Xianling Tomb

On August 26, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Tombs, by Jack Li

Located in the foot of the west peak of Tianshou Mountain, the Changling Tomb is the mausoleum for the Emperor Renzong Zhu Gaozhi. He was the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). His empress Zhangshi was also buried there. The Changling Tomb was built after the emperor’s death. The Emperor Renzong was only in […]

Dingling Tomb

On August 26, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Tombs, by Jack Li

The underground palace of the Dingling Tomb belonged to Emperor Zhuxianjun, the thirteenth emperor of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is also the tomb of two empresses. Located under the foot of Dayu Mountain, to the southwest of the Changling Tomb, the Dingling Tomb was built between 1584 and 1590 which is the12th year to the […]

Ming Dynasty Tombs (Shisan Ling)

On August 26, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Must-sees, Tombs, by Jack Li

Ming Dynasty Tombs (simplified Chinese:十三陵; traditional Chinese:十三陵; pinyin: shí sān líng; literally “thirteen tombs”) is located at the foot of Tianshou Mountain. The total area is more than 120 square kilometers and it is about 50km away from Beijing. There are many mountains around the tombs and a river in front of the tombs, the […]

Tashilhunpo Monastery

On August 26, 2011, in Monasteries, More Cities, Temples, Tibet, by Jack Li

The name “Tashilhunpo” means “auspicious”. Situated on the eastern slope of Mount Nyima to the west of the city of Shigatse, Tashilhunpo Monastery is the largest temple in the Shigatse area. It is the dwelling place of the Panchen Lamas ever since the 4th Panchen, and is one of the six famous Shamanist temple in […]

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Qiao’s Grand Courtyard Travel Tips

On August 26, 2011, in Ancient Houses & Courtyards, Historical Relics, Shanxi, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Shanxi is a province which is always known for its abundant relics and underground energy.  Recently, constant discoveries of traditional residences make Shanxi become the world’s focus again.  These exquisite and intact courtyards are good resources for the historians to research the brilliant history and civilization of Jin and Shang dynasties.  Depending on intelligence and […]

Qiao s Grand Courtyard

Qiao’s Grand Courtyard is situated in Qiaojiabao Village in Qi County, Shanxi Province. It is 54 kilometers far from Taiyuan and only 2 kilometers from the Dongguan Town. Qiao’s Grand Courtyard is also known as Zaizhongtang. It is the house of Qiao Zhiyong who is a famous commercial finance capitalist in Qing Dynasty. It was […]

Pingyao Ancient City Travel Tips

On August 26, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Historical Relics, Shanxi, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

It is a little cold in Shanxi. The weather is often windy and dusty with very little rain. Travellers had better bring sunglasses and hats. You are recommended to buy and drink bottle water instead of pipe water, because pipe water is a little salty. You are free to bargain in hotels, restaurants, shops and […]

County Court of the Ancient City

On August 26, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Historical Relics, Shanxi, by Jack Li

The County Court is in the middle of the Ancient City. It started to be built in the Beiwei Dynasty. The architecture was fully built in the sixth year during the Yuanzhi Era (1346). It has a history of over six hundred years. The whole court faces the south with an axial symmetry layout. The […]