what to know before a trip to the Ming Tombs

China has really been showing off lately. Full autumn foliage and sunny afternoons have lent themselves to adventures with my gang of fierce female friends. We decided to take full advantage of the beautiful weather by visiting the Ming Tombs in Zhongshan Mountain National Park. 

The deep reds and oranges of the trees had us all appreciating fall. It was nice to be surrounded by the sound of crunching leaves instead of car horns. Blue skies took the place of gray skyscrapers with neon signage. 

Here's everything you need to know before you go...

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WHAT IT IS //

The Ming Tombs are actually a full collection of mausoleums created by Ming dynasty emperors. They are also park of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

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WHEN TO VISIT //

Autumn. Full stop. The temperature is cooler and there are less tourists. Also, the trees are vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange. 

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HOW TO GET THERE //

Take the Metro on line 2 to Muxuyuan station and leave out Exit 1.  You will need to purchase a ticket to enter, which {at time of publishing} costs 70RMB. It's well worth the cost of your ticket to see the mausoleums and walk the tree-lined pathways. I highly suggest a visit, particularly if you are going to be in Nanjing in the autumn. 

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If you need a taste of nature in the Nanjing autumn, visit the Ming Tombs and have a wander. I highly reccommend it as a mini-escape.