Eastern Qing Tombs Sacred Road

Eastern Qing Tombs Chengde Hebei
The Eastern Qing Tombs is the imperial tombs for the Qing dynasty, including the tombs for the Emperors Kangxi, Qianlong, Shunzhi, Xianfeng, and Tongzhi. As the best preserved extant mausoleum complex in China, the tombs are broken into three sections: the sacred way, worship hall and palaces.

A Huge Imperial Tomb

Eastern Qing Tombs spread over 40 km². Altogether, five emperors, 15 empresses, 136 imperial concubines, three princes, and two princesses of the Qing dynasty are buried here. The surrounding mountains also found the graves of many dukes, nurses and other royal relatives. Once inside the site, it is better to visit them together. A round-trip minibus is a good choice but we can also visit on horseback or even on camel! If you prefer to walk, it will take a dozen kilometers to get to the most interesting tombs...

The tombs of Emperor Qianlong and Empress Cixi

The tombs are broken into three sections: the spirit way (i.e., the path leading up to the tomb), offering kitchens, and palaces. The tombs are very impressive. The 1640 square foot tomb for the Emperor Qianlong was built with more than ninety tons of silver and marble!
The Empress Cixi, always true to herself, built a shrine to satisfy her pride. In its marble driveway, she asked to carve a phoenix (symbol of the Empress) and a dragon (symbol of the Emperor). But instead of being side by side, the phoenix is above the dragon!

A Touristy Place

Due to its location, 125 kilometers away from Beijing, the site can't be coordinated with a visit to the Great Wall. If you want to know more about the imperial tombs for the Qing dynasty, you can always make a side trip here.

  • Best time to visit

    Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. 
  • Altitude

    350M Altitude Eastern Qing Tombs
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