Lying in an eastern suburb of Guilin, the Tomb of Prince Jingjiang is an imperial mausoleum where eleven princes of the Jingjiang Family during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) are buried. The Jingjiang Family consists of the descents of King Jingjiang, the nephew of a Ming emperor. The group of tombs is a government-designated priority cultural relic unit under special state protection and is regarded as the largest and best-preserved group of tombs of the Ming Dynasty princes.
During the earlier period of the Ming Dynasty, Ming Emperor Taizu (the first Ming emperor) designated his 24 sons as kings to administer different areas of China to strengthen the centralization of state power. King Jingjiang was given his title and the built his palace at the foot of Solitary Beauty Peak. The descendent kings chose this mausoleum site as their burial place. Covering an area of 105 square kilometers (40.5 square miles), it has 300 carved stones and 300 tombs of members of the Prince Jingjiang including eleven princes, their wives, and generals.
Upon entering the tomb area, visitors will see a grand sacred way leading to the inner palace with various animal and official stone figures standing on each side. There are three routes on the sacred way. The one in the middle is exclusive for the emperor while the other two on each side are for the court officials. At the end of the sacred way inside the inner palace are Xian Dian (Prayer Hall) and Bao Cheng (Treasure City). The Xian Dian is usually the place where religious and ancestral prayers are held while the Bao Cheng is the resting place for the kings.
Over 300 pieces of items have been excavated in the tomb, including gold, silver, jade, pottery, porcelain and other antiques. The porcelain vases with thin necks are the most famous discovery in the tomb. The vases' necks are so thin that only a pulm can be put in, so they are called Pulm Vases. In particular, visitors will have a chance to see a precious, elegant porcelain vase.
Recommended Visiting Route: Waiting Room for Officials (Chao Fang) - Gate - Sacred Way - Stone Statues - Ling En Gate - Ling En Palace - Baoding
Entrance Fee: CNY 20
Opening Hours: 08:30 - 17:00 (Apr. to Nov.); 08:30 - 16:30 (Dec. to Mar.)
Bus Route: Take Bus No. 24 and get off at Tomb of Prince Jingjiang (Jingjiang Wangling) stop.