West Mausoleums of the Qing Dynasty
The West Mausoleums of the Qing Dynasty is the mausoleum area of four emperors including Emperor Yongzheng of the Qing Dynasty. Emperor Yongzheng wanted to be buried there. He died in 1735, and his tomb was finished in 1737. After that, three other emperors of that dynasty were also buried there including that of Emperor Guangxu in 1908.
There are 14 mausoleums altogether including the Tai Ling of Emperor Yongzheng, the Chang Ling of Emperor Jiaqing, the Mu Ling of Emperor Daoguang, and the Chong Ling of Emperor Guangxu. Besides them, there are 3 mausoleums for the queens, and some other mausoleums for princesses and concubines. The scenery here is beautiful with a clean and quiet environment. Ancient pines and cypresses make this place beautiful.
The West Mausoleums of the Qing Dynasty is a large area with intact structures. The Tai Ling of Emperor Yongzheng was the first mausoleum built in this district. It is also the largest. There are about 60 buildings in the Tai Ling. The great red gate in the south looks spectacular.
There are 3 stone tablets in front of the gate that are tall, magnificent and exquisitely carved. They make the only memorial archway complex that is in the style of Hewei. The top of the mausoleum is covered by golden glazed tiles, showing the dignity and elegance of the royal family.
Although not as great as Tai Ling in both scale and majesty, the other three mausoleums of Emperor Jiaqing, Emperor Daoguang and Emperor Guangxu all have their distinguished qualities. The Echo Stone and the Echo Wall in the Chang Ling (Mausoleum of Emperor Jiaqing) is kind of like the Echo Wall in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing in terms of scale and effect. Diaolong Hall (Dragon Carving Hall) in Mu Ling was built with cedar that was finely carved, so the hall is splendid. Longen Hall in Chong Ling has copper and iron.
The West Mausoleums of the Qing Dynasty site is located at the foot of Yongning Mountain that is 15 kilometers west of Yixian County.
The West Mausoleums of the Qing Dynasty is a mausoleum area containing four emperors and dozens of emperor family members of the Qing Dynasty.
How To Go There
There are buses in Baoding that go there.