The Ming Dynasty emperors’ last name was “Zhu,” so you can see where they were going with this.
More than 8,500 people got to enjoy a free trip, normally worth $25 to a tomb, in Beijing — all thanks to their last name.
They got to visit the Ming Tombs to be exact — a famous tourist destination on the outskirts of the city — during the country's long weekend.
The only thing the lucky visitors have in common is that they’re surnamed Zhu. During last weekend’s holiday, the Ming Tombs decided to treat the Zhus just because. « Ming Dynasty was ruled by Zhu family, » a spokesman told The Beijing News.
The Ming Dynasty was the Han-led dynasty that ruled China between 1368 to 1644, following the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty and replaced by the Manchu-led Qing dynasty. Beijing was its primary capital. Zhu Yuanzhang was its founding emperor, of course, Zhu became the royal family name.
Although the founding emperor was buried somewhere else, from the Yongle Emperor onwards, a total of 13 Ming dynasty emperors were buried here, thus the Ming Tombs are commonly known as the « Thirteen Mausoleums » in Chinese.
The Zhus quickly took to Weibo to share their joy of ~privilege~. « Zhu family descedents, together with the Empress Xu and Sir Meng, are here touring the Ming Tombs for free. The Ming Dynasty’s the greatest! » one Imperial descendent joked.