The Sacred way towards the Ming Tombs

This is the sacred path which leads to the entrance of the Ming tombs. DSC_0833

The Sacred Way is an 1800-metre-long road at the Nanjing city Government site. The winding Sacred Way (Shendao) starts near the Sifangcheng pavilion.

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It includes several sections: the Elephant Road and the Wengzhong Road. The Elephant Road is lined by 12 pairs of 6 kinds of animals (lions, xiezhi, camels, elephants, qilin, and horses), guarding the tomb.

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Beyond them is a column called huabiao in Chinese. One then continues along the Wengzhong Road. Four pairs of ministers and generals (or warrior guardian figures,wengzhong) of stone have been standing there for centuries to guard the journey to the after life.

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