I went on a day trip from Beijing in a mini bus with a guide and 7 other peoples. It was a fun day starting with the visit of the Ming tombs, or "Ming Thirteen Mausoleums" 42 km (26 mi) north-northwest of Beijing city center. We had only time to visit the main tomb but it was great. I think one could spend the whole day walking through the large complex. I wish we had time to visit the "Spirit Way" with all its statues but we were short on time.
Here are selected pictures from our visit.