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The 13 Ming Tombs (明十三陵) are a series of elaborate mausoleums that hold the majority of the emperors of the Ming Dynasty of China. Near Beijing and conveniently located along the route to the Great Wall of China at Badaling, the tombs are wonderful additions to a day trip at Badaling!
While the tombs are not universally recommended, they do provide insight into Ming culture and the extravagance of the ruling elite during that time. Each tomb has a museum collection of related artifacts and they tend to have much fewer people than other large attractions in Beijing.