"The Sacred Way" Ming Tombs Tip by solopes

Ming Tombs, Beijing: 69 reviews and 135 photos

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One of the most remarkable aspects of the burial sites is the Sacred Way, a long, straight road, that was supposed to be used by the Emperor, in his way back to Heaven.

Common in most Imperial graveyards, the Ming Tomb is the best preserved, standing about 50 Km from Beijing.

After the entrance, the road is lined with statues, all of them with a special meaning. First we pass by a set of 24 animals (lion, camel, elephant, unicorn, qilin and horse – 4 of each).

At the end of the road 12 human figures (generals and nobles) and… it should be the Emperor’s tomb, but there was a break due to posterior construction, and it will take 10 minutes to go around and to cover the distance by bus.

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  • Updated Jun 18, 2012
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