After two and half centuries, we finally met this royal mausoleum. This is where five emperors of Qing Dynasty (Shunzhi, Kangxi, Qianlong, Xianfeng, Tongzhi), and 15 empresses were buried. Eastern Qing Tombs, though is one of the two largest imperial mausoleums in China, it's still not known to many visitors. Another imperial one is the tombs of thirteen emperors of Ming Dynasty.
Well, it's very easy to explain that. Ming Tombs is located in Beijing, while the Eastern Qing Tombs is located in Zunhua City, Hebei Province, which so many people know nothing about it, though in fact, Zunhua is not far from Beijing.
It's very vast IMO, 125km long, 20km wide, with 217 ancient buildings. The stone carvings survived during the two huge earthquakes. But the treasures inside the tombs were not that lucky. Just after ten years of the perish of Qing Dynasty, one of the armies of Kuomingtang, leaded by the general Sundianying, robbed the tombs of Emperor Qianlong and Empress Cixi. Though Empress Cixi played a very despicable role in the history of China, it's more despicable to rob a tomb considering the traditional Chinese culture. Years later, another ten generals of Kuomingtang robbed other three major tombs, which makes it a total disaster. I can't imagine how great it would look like before the catastrophe.
This attraction can be reached from Beijing Sihui bus station within 3 hours. We slept in the hotel of Tangshan at night. There were some hotels around the Eastern Qing Tombs, but I didn't know if they could allow a check-in with passport, so it would be better to choose a bigger city close by.