The Imperial Tomb - Ming Tomb

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Changling - Ming Tomb

I woke up 6:30 AM in very cold City of Beijing on the 28th of December. Just in time to prepare myself for the tour that I booked on net. 25USD or 163 Yuan for a day tour in Ming Tombs & Great Wall of China, plus visit to Jade & Silkworm Factory. With the negative degree celsius of weather I still managed to take a bath! brrr it was so so so cold! I ordered cappucino and a take a way sandwich in my hostel. The tour agent called the hostel and gave me directions on where to meet for pick up of the tour bus, together with the other tourists. At first I had difficulty to find the street he mentioned, I tried to call him but having hard time to connect, so I just stand on one corner of that street which is located in the East side gate of the Forbidden City, It was damn so cold out there! Then a guy approached me after 10 minutes of coldness, if I am the one who's staying in Peking Hostel who will join their tour.

Changling - Ming Tomb
We hop on the bus and off to our first stop, the Imperial Tomb of Changling. On the bus are two german ladies, the other one is fluent in mandarin, she amazes me while she speaks in mandarin. And the other 5 are Indonesian which are family. And I'm alone :) I just decided to book ths tour as Great Wall & Ming Tombs are quite far from the City Of Beijing, so it would be convenient and safer If I will join a group tour. Anyway, It's cool. My tour guide is very informative. And he speaks English well.

We arrived in Changling, an Imperial Tomb of Ming Dynasty. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Changling Tomb is the largest and best preserved of the thirteen Ming Tombs in Beijing. Changling, 4 kilometers from the entrance, is the tomb of Emperor Zhudi (1403 - 1424) and empress Xushi.

Some of the structures inside Changling are the Front Gate to the tomb, the Gate of Eminent Favor, the Hall of Eminent Favor, the Dragon and the Phoenix Gate, Soul Tower and the Wall-Encircled Earth Mound, of which the Hall of Eminent Favor is the most impressive and important. 

Next attraction before we head to our free lunch, we went to a Jade Carving Center. The tourist guide explain to us why Jade is a very important thing to Chinese. From the ancient history Jade has been used by the Imperials on their daily lives as an ornament, etc etc... The Jade Carving Center is owned by the government per the tourist guide. I have read so many blog regarding this, and yes its true, the Jades there are very expensive and too pricey. So what I do is I just took pictures. The free lunch is located in the same place.

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