To be serious, i have been loving to post blog. i can learn so much thing while writing historical blog. Of course, history and archaeology is my favorite thing to learn about.
in these posts, all i wrote about are sites from other cities. This time, i would like to write something about a royal tomb in my city which is Beijing, –Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty
The Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty is the Chinese Ming Dynasty emperor’s burial buildings, located in ChangPing District, Beijing . It has 40 square kilometers of the foundation, and it is about 50 km from the capital. The Tomb was Built since the third emperor of Ming Dynasty of Yongle until the last Emperor –ChongZhen. It last more than 230 years with a total of 13 Ming emperors buried, 23 Queen, 2 Prince, and more than 30 concubines. It is one of the best preserved and intact imperial tomb in the world.In 2003, The thirteen tomb of Ming dynasty was listed as a World cultural heritage.
There is one interesting fact about the building of this tomb. i think everyone has noticed that the tomb was start build from the third emperor Yong Le instead of Zhu Yuan Zhang who was the fist emperor of Ming Dynasty.Meanwhile，the second emperor of Jian Wen ‘s royal tomb and seventh emperor of Jing Tai’s royal tomb were not built there.
The Ming Dynasty has a total 16 emperor who formally ascended the throne, but the Ming Tombs in Beijing has buried only 13 emperor. The Founding emperor Zhu Yuanzhang built the capital in Nanjing in early year and he was buried in Nanjing Zhongshan Tomb ; The second Emperor after Zhu Yuanzhang was the Emperor of Jian WenZhu. but his uncle who was the later Yongle Emperor Started the Battle of JingNan and he succeed grab the capital NanJing at that time and moved the capital to Beijing. that is why the Ming Tomb was built on Beijing. the end of this story if the disappearance of emperor JianWen, so he did not have any tomb.
The emperor JingTai became a emperor his brother Ming Hidemune lost and captured in the the battle of Fort . The Mongolian release Hidemune back to his throne and JingTai was killed, Hidemune does not admit that Jingtai is the emperor, so he was buried in the western suburbs of Beijing Kingsoft Jingtai Mausoleum instead of Ming Tomb.
Although the Ming tomb is famous, but to be so close to it. i have never been there.
i think i will go to have a look this summer and study more details about Ming Dynasty.