Located 30 miles northwest of Beijing, the Ming Tombs are the eternal resting place of thirteen Ming emperors. Among the famous who are buried here include Hongwu, the founder of the Ming dynasty, Xuande, Jiajing, and Wanli.
Of the thirteen, three are open to the public-Changling, Dingling, and Zhaoling. Changling is the burial place of Emepror Yongle (1360-1424), the third emperor of the Ming and one of the most influential emperors of China. He is known for moving the capital from Nanjing to Beijing. His grave is the largest in the Ming Tombs.
Dingling is the tomb of Wanli, the emperor thought by many as the one whose ineffective rule lead to the demise of the Ming dynasty. Its underground passageways and chambers were opened in the late 1950s.
The final third tomb open to the public is Zhaoling, the resting place of Emperor Longqing. The rest of the burial sites are under excavation.