Beiling Park in Shenyang city [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Covering 3.3 square kilometers in the north of Shenyang city, Beiling Park is the largest park in the provincial capital of Northeast China's Liaoning province.
The word Beiling means tomb in the north in Chinese and the site contains the Zhaoling Tomb of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), which is the mausoleum of the dynasty's second emperor Huang Taiji (1592-1643) and his wife.
The tomb itself measures 160,000 square meters, making it the largest and most majestic one among three royal tombs northeast to Shanhai Pass, that were erected at the start of the Qing Dynasty, and it is one of the most complete extant ancient imperial tombs in China.
Apart from the majestic structures of the tomb, Beiling Park integrates the cultures of the Han, Manchu and Mongolia ethnic groups. Visiting it provides a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city, away from the from the crowds, with over 2,000 ancient pine trees, a tranquil lake and rippling ponds.
Address: 12 Taishan Road, Huanggu district, Shenyang city, Liaoning province
Ticket prices: Beiling Park: 5 yuan ($0.91); Zhaoling Tomb of the Qing Dynasty: 40 yuan;
Opening hours: 7:00-17:00
Public transportation: Nos 130,136, 205, 210, 213, 217, 220, 227, 231, 242, 245, 290, 398; Sightseeing Bus Line 1; Beiling Park Station on Shenyang Metro Line 2
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