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Out of Beijing: The Eastern Qing Tombs

Located two hours from Beijing, the Eastern Tombs are less touristy than the Ming Tombs.
Located two hours from Beijing, the Eastern Tombs are less touristy than the Ming Tombs. Glen Loveland

The Eastern Qing Tombs

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China - Skip the crowded Ming Tombs and explore the Eastern Qing Tombs. Located in Zunhua, Hebei Province, the tombs border Beijing, Tianjin, Tangshan, Chengde and Qinhuangdao. The Eastern Qing Tombs complex is considered the most complete and important set in China. Emperors, empresses, princes, princesses, and concubines are buried together in 15 masoleums, covering an area of 80 square kilometers.

What to know: You'll need to hire a round-trip car from Beijing. The price range is 800-900RMB for the day trip. Hiring a car will also allow you to cover more ground as the tomb complex is very spread out. If you've visited the Forbidden City the day before, the tombs may not be as impressive.

Time needed: Two hours each way in the car from downtown Bejing and 2-3 hours at the tomb complex.

Entrance ticket: 150RMB per person

Cost of local tour guide to escort you between tombs: 150RMB (Chinese only)

Tomb not to miss: The Empress Dowager Cixi's continues to be a controversial figure in China. The designer of the famous "Stone Boat" at the Forbidden City, Empress Cixi spent considerable time planning her tomb at the complex.

Website: www.qingdongling.com

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