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A1: Stately Badaling & the Ming Tombs

Badaling Great Wall:

The Badaling section of the Great Wall is the best-preserved and the most popular one amongst all the sections. At more than 1,000 meters (3281 ft) above sea level, it commands a strategic position for transportation and defense which was well served in ancient times.

Badaling, literally meaning ¡°reach eight directions¡±, got its name because the maze of its ridges stretches in all directions. It is easily accessible and has easy walking conditions. BusTourAbout 370 state leaders and VIPs (including President Nixon during his landmark visit) have climbed Badaling and admired the magnificence and beauty of its scenery.

Ming Tombs:

The Ming Tombs, located in Changping District, about 50 kilometers from the northwest of Beijing, are surrounded by mountains on three sides. The imperial cemetery houses the remains of13 Ming Dynasty emperors, along with 23 empresses and a number of concubines, princes and princesses, thus it is also called The 13 Mausoleums. These tombs are the best-preserved Chinese imperial tombs and have been nominated by UNESCO as world cultural heritage.

The site of the Ming Dynasty Imperial Tombs was carefully chosen according to Feng-shui (geomancy) belief. The first tomb, Chang Ling (the Tomb of Chang) began to be built by the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty in 1409 AD (the seventh year of his reign) under the main peak of Tianshou Shan (Heavenly Longevity Mountain). (The first emperor of the Ming Dynasty was buried in Nanjing). In chronological order over the following 200 years Xiang Ling, Jing Ling, Yu Ling, Mao Ling, Zong Ling, Kang Ling, Yong Ling, Zhao Ling, Ding Ling, Qing Ling and De Ling were built, spreading out on both sides of Chang Ling. All these tombs share the same Sacred Way, an avenue in the middle of the tomb area.

Tour Itinerary:
Free hotel pick-up/drop-off and lunch included!

1. You will be picked up from your hotel between 7:30-8am, and from there we¡¯ll start our short drive (1.5-2 hours) to the Ming Tombs.

2. We will visit the Ming Tombs first in the morning. Known as the ¡°13 Tombs¡±, it is the burial site of 13 out of 17 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. The Chang BusTourLing tomb is the one we¡¯re visiting, as it is the biggest of all 13 tombs. You¡¯ll have a chance to see the display of dress and jewelries buried with the emperors and empresses in the wooden hall room. We will also walk through the Sacred Way, on both sides of which there stand in total 36 stone sculptures. Of the 18 pairs of the sculptures, 24 are stone animals and 12 human figures. The custom of erecting stone sculptures in front of imperial tombs started as early as the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). They represent the supreme authority and dignity of the emperors and signify that they are still supreme in power after death.

3. After our touring of the Ming Tombs, we¡¯ll stop for a Chinese lunch at the Jindian Restaurant.

4. We¡¯ll then continue our tour to the Great Wall at Badaling. Badaling, which was the first section of the Great Wall to be opened to the public, is also one of the most popular, and with its plentiful watchtowers and the way it winds along the hills, its easy to see why. You will have a few hours to explore the wall at your own pace.

5. We¡¯ll then make the drive back to Beijing (about 2 hours), and along the way we¡¯ll pass the Olympic green area, which includes the Bird¡¯s Nest stadium and the Water Cube.

6. You will be dropped off at your hotel at no later than 6:00pm, ending your day¡¯s sightseeing.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

1. Hotel pick-up & drop-off service

2. Air-conditioned tour coach

3. English speaking tour guide

4. Entrance tickets as listed on the above itinerary.

5. Chinese lunch (Vegetarian? No problem!)

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

1. Tip to the guide

2. Personal costs

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