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Eastern Qing Tombs photos, August 19

This was one of our study trips - we didn't really do any hiking, but spent the day on a guided tour around the Eastern Qing Tombs complex in Hebei Province. In contrast to the Ming Tombs in Changping, the Eastern Qing Tombs are concentrated in a relatively small area, which means the highlights are all within easy walking distance. The tombs are just as interesting, and include those of historical figures such as Shun Zhi (first emperor of Qing Dynasty), Empress Dowager Cixi, and Qian Long (seventh and longest-reigning Emperor of Qing Dynasty).

Big gate , Beijing Hikers Eastern Qing Tombs Study Trip, 2009-08-19

Ornamental Gate.

Dragon sculpture overlooks a wet courtyard , Beijing Hikers Eastern Qing Tombs Study Trip, 2009-08-19

Through a cobbled courtyard.

Hall and courtyard, Beijing Hikers Eastern Qing Tombs Study Trip, 2009-08-19

Hall and courtyard.

Bridge with misty background, Beijing Hikers Eastern Qing Tombs Study Trip, 2009-08-19

View towards the hills.

Gate with columns, Beijing Hikers Eastern Qing Tombs Study Trip, 2009-08-19

A gate in front of a tomb entrance.

Wall sculpture, Beijing Hikers Eastern Qing Tombs Study Trip, 2009-08-19

Wall sculpture in one of the underground areas.

Carved dragon and phoenix , Beijing Hikers Eastern Qing Tombs Study Trip, 2009-08-19

Detail of the Dragon and Phoenix carving outside of Cixi's Tomb.

Lilies with raindrops, Beijing Hikers Eastern Qing Tombs Study Trip, 2009-08-19

Lilypads in one of the metal basins.

Closeup of a lily, Beijing Hikers Eastern Qing Tombs Study Trip, 2009-08-19

A lily in the rain.

Statue of a soldier, Beijing Hikers Eastern Qing Tombs Study Trip, 2009-08-19

Soldier statue.

Sacred Way, Beijing Hikers Eastern Qing Tombs Study Trip, 2009-08-19

Ornamental gates of the Sacred Way.

Study trip group, Beijing Hikers Eastern Qing Tombs Study Trip, 2009-08-19

Some of the study trip group after walking the Sacred Way.

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