Dingling Tomb of Emperor Zhu Yijun of Ming Dynasty

Dingling is the joint burial tomb of the 13th Ming emperor Zhu Yijun (1563 - 1620) and his Empress Xiaojing. It is also the first imperial tomb excavated in a scientific way with the approval of the State Council in China.

Construction of Dingling started in 1584 and ended in 1590. It was built with choice materials and in large scale. Although more than 400 years have elapsed since their completion, the Soul Tower, Baocheng and Tomb Gate still stand intact today. More than 3,000 pieces of relics unearthed from the tomb, including a gold crown and a phoenix coronet, have provided a rich variety of materials and scientific bases for the study of the politics, economy and culture of the Ming Dynasty.
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