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The site of the Ming Dynasty Imperial Tombs was carefully chosen according to Feng Shui principles. This belief system thought that bad spirits and evil winds descended from the north. To deflect the bad juju, an arc-shaped area at the foot of the Jundu Mountains north of Beijing was selected. This 40 square kilometer area is surrounded by the mountains and is a pristine, quiet valley full of dark earth, tranquil water and other necessities as per Feng Shui. After the third Ming emperor, Yongle, selected the site, it became the place for emperors to be buried. In total, 13 Ming Dynasty emperors were buried around the slopes of Mount Tianshou. Ironically, when those Qing barbarians from the north invaded, they ransacked the imperial tombs before moving on to take Beijing.

The site of the Ming Dynasty Imperial Tombs was carefully chosen according to Feng Shui principles. This belief system thought that bad spirits and evil winds descended from the north. To deflect the bad juju, an arc-shaped area at the foot of the Jundu Mountains north of Beijing was selected. This 40 square kilometer area is surrounded by the mountains and is a pristine, quiet valley full of dark earth, tranquil water and other necessities as per Feng Shui. After the third Ming emperor, Yongle, selected the site, it became the place for emperors to be buried. In total, 13 Ming Dynasty emperors were buried around the slopes of Mount Tianshou. Ironically, when those Qing barbarians from the north invaded, they ransacked the imperial tombs before moving on to take Beijing.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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