After the Great Wall, we went to one of the Ming Tombs. The Ming Tombs were built to bury and honor the Ming Dynasty emperors of which most notably for me was Emperor Zhu Di. Any fans of history would do well to acquaint themselves with Zhu Di and his voyages around the world and his discovery of the new world. What?!? The Chinese discovered the Americas? The evidence in 1421 is hard to refute. Read it for yourselves. In addition, he moved the capital to Beijing and built the Forbidden City The tombs are laid out in a semi circle butted up against the mountains allowing for maximized chi. There are few stairs but a lot of elevation at the tombs. The ramps were built at a specific incline so that as one walks up them, the angle the body naturally takes is one of a bowed position so that you bow to the elders. I just liked this picture of the brooms stacked in the corner. Don't ask me why.
Who's your favorite Chinese emperor? For readers of 1421: What did you think?