Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, iii, iv, vi
Reference 1004
UNESCO region Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 2000 (24th Session)
Extensions 2003; 2004

Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (simplified Chinese: 明清皇家陵寝; traditional Chinese: 明清皇家陵寢; pinyin: Míng Qīng Huángjiā Língqǐn) is the designation under which the UNESCO has included several tombs and burial complexes into the list of World Heritage Sites. These tombs date from the Ming and Qing dynasties of China.

Tombs were included in the list in 2000, 2003 and 2004. The property now includes the following tombs or tomb groups:

Serial ID No. Tomb Province Location Coordinates (dms.s) Area (m²) Buffer (m²) Year inscribed
1004-001 Xianling Tomb Hubei Province Zhongxiang N31 01 E112 39 876,000 2,264,000 2000
1004-002 Eastern Qing Tombs Hebei Province Zunhua N41 11 E117 38 2,240,000 78,000,000 2000
1004-003 Western Qing Tombs Hebei Province Yixian County Baoding City N39 20 E115 13 18,420,000 47,580,000 2000
1004-004 Ming Tombs Beijing Municipality Changping District N40 16 10 E116 14 40 8,230,000 81,000,000 2003
1004-005 Xiaoling Tomb Jiangsu Province Nanjing City N32 03 30 E118 51 07 1,160,000 1,800,000 2003
1004-006 Tomb of Chang Yuchun Jiangsu Province Nanjing City N32 03 44 E118 49 54 9,800   2003
1004-007 Tomb of Qiu Cheng Jiangsu Province Nanjing City N32 03 51 E118 49 59 5,500   2003
1004-008 Tomb of Wu Liang Jiangsu Province Nanjing City N32 04 00 E118 49 51 4,000 1,800,000 2003
1004-009 Tomb of Wu Zhen Jiangsu Province Nanjing City N32 04 05 E118 49 57 3,500   2003
1004-010 Tomb of Xu Da Jiangsu Province Nanjing City N32 04 30 E118 50 06 8,500   2003
1004-011 Tomb of Li Wenzhong Jiangsu Province Nanjing City N32 04 47 E118 50 23 8,700   2003
1004-012 Yongling Tomb of the Qing dynasty Liaoning Province Fushun City   2,365,900 13,439,400 2004
1004-013 Fuling Tomb of the Qing dynasty Liaoning Province Shenyang City   538,600 7,023,600 2004
1004-014 Zhaoling Tomb of the Qing dynasty Liaoning Province Shenyang City   478,900 3,187,400 2004
Total 34,379,400 234,294,400

2004 additions[edit]

The three Imperial tombs of the Qing dynasty in Liaoning Province include the Yongling tomb, the Fuling tomb, and the Zhaoling tomb, all built in the 17th century. Constructed for the founding emperors of the Qing dynasty and their ancestors, the tombs follow the precepts of traditional Chinese geomancy and fengshui theory. They feature rich decoration of stone statues and carvings and tiles with dragon motifs, illustrating the development of the funerary architecture of the Qing dynasty. The three tomb complexes, and their numerous edifices, combine traditions inherited from previous dynasties and new features of Manchu culture.

Ming imperial tombs not included in the list[edit]

Note that the UNESCO World Heritage site presently does not include the mausoleum complexes that the Hongwu Emperor had built for his ancestors, viz. the Ming Ancestors Mausoleum (Zuling) in Xuyi County, Jiangsu and the Huangling Mausoleum in Fengyang, Anhui.

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