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Day Seven: Beijing Ming Tombs

Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Dave!Last night I arranged to hire a car and driver for today. For 900 Renminbi (about $110 USD) you can be picked up at 7am and then spend the next 9 hours doing whatever you want. A taxi hire would have been cheaper, but I wanted an English-speaking guide to take care of me, and that costs extra. Turns out it was a good move anyway, because my driver was able to explain many interesting facts about the countryside and how the people live there. It also meant that I could add or change my itinerary without any translation hassles.

I started by visiting the Ming Tombs, which house 13 of the 15 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. The entrance to the grounds, called "The Spirit Way" is a nifty path that's guarded by these amazing animal and mythical beast carvings...

Ming Tombs

Ming Tombs

My favorite was this guy because he's got some freaky hair going on...

Ming Tombs

There wasn't a monkey, so I decided to add one (nicely distorted by my wide-angle lens)...

Ming Tombs

The tombs themselves are not very extravagant but they are interesting. Only one tomb is excavated so you can go down and explore it, but there wasn't much to it at all. Probably because they filled it with a bunch of the Emperor's concubines and buried them alive or something.

Ming Tombs

It's the little details that just blow you away...

Ming Tombs

Now that I've seen all this, it has given me definite ideas as to how I want to be buried.

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  1. girlonaglide says:

    You have an entry for

    I am curious.. any comments on your monkey?

  2. All you need to do is overthrow the communist regime and declare yourself the new emperor… You can dooo eeet!

  3. Dave2 says:

    Bad monkey got some laughs as I was wandering through the Ming Tombs when a tour group walked by. But most of the time I had my sweatshirt on because of the rain, so my monkey wasn’t exposed (so to speak).

    And I’m not content with just China, CB… I won’t be happy until I am emperor of the entire planet. Just part of being an evil genius.

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