Mingxiao Mausoleum [kailv.com]
- Location: Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province
Located in the eastern suburb of Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, Mingxiao Mausoleum (明孝陵) is the tomb of the first Ming Dynasty emperor Zhu Yuanzhang and his empress. It is the largest imperial tomb in Nanjing City. After he was installed as emperor, Zhu Yuanzhang spent over 30 years on the construction of the tomb .
The mausoleum covers an area of several square kilometers and its wall runs up to 45 kilometers in length. The 600 years old mausoleum is severely damaged and many wooden buildings have vanished. The stone animals in front of the imperial tomb are delicately sculptured, which demonstrates the remarkable stone carving skills of the Ming Dynasty. Furthermore, the overall environment and especially its natural scenery are well-preserved and quite amazing.
- Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Admission: 70 yuan
- How to get there: take bus No.2, 3, 20