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9/24/2006 - We visited only one of the Ming tombs - and not even the most famous one at that. Supposedly there is another tomb site where you get to walk down, but where the line is unfortunately at least 2 hours just to get in each day. For this site, we didn't need to wait. But we didn't see any tomb either, though we did see some interesting artifacts dug up from the tombs. We also got to visit the biggest mound/tomb site - i.e. a manmade mound of burial (陵) - where they might proceed to dig in the future. We also walked around the grounds and saw some other interesting artifacts such as the guarding dieties.

Entrance to the particular Ming tomb we visited.
Entrance to the particular Ming tomb we visited #2
Incense burner.
Artifacts from tomb.
Golden laced crown from tomb
Since no flash was allowed, since it was dark in the exhibit, and since it was very crowded, this is the last picture I took in the exhibit hall.
Statute of a Ming Emperor
Toward the site of the largest tomb.
Toward the site of the largest tomb #2.
Incense burner?
Ming headstone
Ming tablet
Guarding dieties
Guarding diety #1
Guarding diety #2
Guarding diety #3
Guarding diety #4
Guarding diety #5
Guarding diety #6
Guarding diety #7
Guarding diety #8
Guarding diety #9
Official entrance of the Ming Tomb grounds
7 figurines stand for royalty, I think... The figurines usually come in odd numbers for reasons I can't recall.

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