Nanjing Tomb and Mausoleum Photo Gallery

Ming Xiaoling

Ming Xiaoling is the burial site of the Ming Dynasty's first emperor. However, subsequent Ming emperors were buried in Beijing. This 14th century tomb features a spiritual path lined with statues of animals that serve as guardians.

There weren't many signs to get to the tomb, and I got lost a few times within the park. Upon finding a map on a sign, I took this snap, hoping it would come in handy later.

Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum

Dr. Sun Yat-sen died in Beijing in 1925, and wanted to be buried in Nanjing. His mausoleum is perched on the hillsides near Ming Xiaoling, and can be reached after an ascent of 392 steps. Completed in 1929, it is now a must-see attraction in Nanjing, attracting hordes of tour groups that make the visit quite daunting. The sight of these uniform-coloured hats means stay away!

The Mausoleum is a blue and white building, designed after the colours of the Nationalist flag. A fairly short and orderly line starts on one side to enter the facility, where photos are not allowed.

Unfortunately, this mausoleum is not the place for peace and quiet. A huge tourist market was set up on the other side of the mausoleum, while the odd shop here and there can be found along the steps.

Buggies ferry visitors between the Mausoleum and Ming Xiaoling. It's a brisk 20 minute walk if you want to exercise.

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