To the north-east and south-west of Beijing city there are two sites where the tombs of Qing Dynasty (1644-1912 AD) emperors can be found. For this hike, we headed north-east, to the Eastern Qing Tombs, for a hike that took us over the hills to the tombs.
Most of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD) tombs are located in the same area in Changping District. The Qing Tombs are spread out between two sites, alternating between emperors after a son thought it would be bad luck to be buried near the father he usurped.
We started the hikes in the hills behind the tomb site, and walked up to a ridge. We followed the firebreak trail along the ridge, through pine forests, with views of the tombs below us.
After walking down to the tombs, we took a good look about, visiting big halls and underground areas, and walking along the Sacred Way, the path that leads into the tombs.