Tomb of the Southern Song Emperor
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The Tomb of the Last Southern Song Emperor
The tomb of Bing Di, the last emperor of the Southern Song Dynasty, is located across from a park in Chiwan, Shenzhen. Surrounded by colorful banner flags, it is often surrounded by visitors who pay their respects by offering incense and lighting candles. A statue of Southern Song Prime Minister Lu Xiufu carrying the child Emperor Bing Di on his back stands at the entrance of the burial site. The Southern Song Dynasty ruled central and southern China from 1127 to 1279. In 1279, after the battle at Yamen on the Pearl River Delta when Kublai Khan's Yuan Dynasty forces crushed the remaining Southern Song resistance, Lu carried eight-year-old Bing on his back into the Pearl River to commit suicide as an act of defiance to the Mongol invaders. Chiwan, where the tomb is located, is an important port on the eastern edge of the Pearl River Delta. It's close to two other historic Chiwan sites, the Left Fort and the Tian Hou temple. You can visit all three in less than three hours.
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