Ming Tomb

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The massive building where treasures of Ming Tombs were displayed.
There were 3 Ming Tombs that were opened for public. The one that we saw was in Chang Ling where there were the tomb of Emperor Yongle and Empress Xushi. This is the biggest Tomb of Ming dynasty, located in the northwest of Beijing.

Zhu Di is the third emperor of Ming Dynasty. He made a bloody coup to his nephew (Emperor Jianwen), crucified people who were loyal or worked to Jianwen with zu jiuzhu method. This extermination method killed 9 generationsof the victi: the person himself, 4 senior generations of him (until the great-great grandpa) to 4 junior generations (until the great-great grandson). He was the only emperor in China who applied extermination of 10 generations. It was Fang Xiaoru, the royal historian of the kingdom.
A happy baby with his father.
Fang Xiaoru thought that Zhu Di took the power in illegal way.
He refused to make an announcement for the establishment of Yongle as the new emperor. Zhu Di got upset with Fang Xiaoru's rebel. He then commanded to kill Fang Xiaoru under Zu Jiuzhu method. This time, besides 9 generations of Fang Xiaoru, there were also students, and friends of him as the 10th group to be executed. In total, there were 873 people dead on that day because of this incident. Fang Xiaoru himself had to see all those crucifications and he was the last to be executed. Zhu Di's cruelty was unforgiveable to me. May his spirit got equal punishments for what he had done.

Yongle was known as one of the best emperor that China have ever had. He sent Zheng He (Admiral Cheng Ho) into an expedition to sail around the world, made Yongle encyclopedia, the first biggest and most comphrehensive encyclopedia in the world. He was the one that moved capital city of China from Nanjing to Beiping (known as Beijing now). He built Forbidden city. After a painfully long construction time, the Forbidden city was finally completed and became the political capital of China for the next 500 years.


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The massive building where treasur…
The massive building where treasu…
A happy baby with his father.
A happy baby with his father.
The map
The map
Changling Tomb
Changling Tomb
Thats Zhu Dis bronze statue at t…
That's Zhu Di's bronze statue at …
Emperor Zhu Di (Yongle) statue in …
Emperor Zhu Di (Yongle) statue in…
The cedarwood column was so impres…
The cedarwood column was so impre…
Housewares found in the tomb. Real…
Housewares found in the tomb. Rea…
Gold as money. No longer used. See…
Gold as money. No longer used. Se…
Silver coins
Silver 'coins'
Golden belt of the emperor. Psycho…
Golden belt of the emperor. Psych…
The crown. Everything is gold.
The crown. Everything is gold.
The royal costume 1. Emperor Yongl…
The royal costume 1. Emperor Yong…
Fine silk, embroidered with golden…
Fine silk, embroidered with golde…
Empress crown 1
Empress crown 1
Empress crown 2
Empress crown 2
Ling Xing Gate
Ling Xing Gate
Five Offerings Altar.
Five Offerings Altar.
Going through the tunnel inside th…
Going through the tunnel inside t…
Finally, light!
Finally, light!
Back to the surface.
Back to the surface.
I think this is the tomb. I am not…
I think this is the tomb. I am no…
Bao Cheng Wall surrounded the tomb…
Bao Cheng Wall surrounded the tom…
A good view from Soul Tower.
A good view from Soul Tower.
Down the tunnel.
Down the tunnel.
Going through Ling Xing gate again.
Going through Ling Xing gate again.
View from below
View from below
This is the spot where Mao Zedong …
This is the spot where Mao Zedong…
An old man watering his plants.
An old man watering his plants.
On the way to the Great Wall, we s…
On the way to the Great Wall, we …
This was how a ceramic vase was ma…
This was how a ceramic vase was m…
Cleaning and soften the surface.
Cleaning and soften the surface.
Burning process of the ceramics.
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Burning process of the ceramics. …
Finished! Wanna buy?
Finished! Wanna buy?
With the factorys guide. She can …
With the factory's guide. She can…
My flash is weak if taken picture …
My flash is weak if taken picture…
We had a buffet lunch upstairs.
We had a buffet lunch upstairs.
Handmade paintings hanging along t…
Handmade paintings hanging along …
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