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The Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum is located in the southern foot of the Purple Mountain below Dulong Fuwan Peak, Nanjing, China. It lies to the east of the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, with the Meihua Mountain to the south and is the largest imperial mausoleum in Nanjing as well as one of the largest ancient imperial mausoleums in China.

The Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum is the joint burial ground of the founder of the Ming Dynasty, the Hongwu Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, and his Empress Xiaocigao, and is named after her. The mausoleum is constructed along a central axis and exemplifies traditional Chinese architectural style. As the first Ming mausoleum in China, the grand structure represents the greatest achievement of early Ming architecture and stone carving, and it had a direct influence on the design of subsequent mausoleums throughout the following 500 years of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

In 2003, the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum was recognized as a World Heritage Site.


Travel Tips

Address:Southern foot of the Purple Mountain below Dulong Fuwan Peak in the eastern suburbs of Nanjing, Jiangsu.

Transportation:Take subway Line 2 to Muxuyuan Station. Exit via Exit 1 and walk for around eight minutes to the scenic area's ticket office (Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum Meihuagu Gate 3). Take bus 20, 203 or 315 and alight at the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum Station to arrive at Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum Meihuagu Gate 1.

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