Monday, April 18, 2016

Beijing 2016 - Ming Tombs

Ming Tombs while many opine as not important, is integral in understanding the Ming Dynasty. It is like getting an iPhone, and portable charger is not important but integral to keep it alive!

The Sacred Way is part of the Ming Tombs complex and is the way to learn about the entire place in a jiff. The entire place is huge with all three accessible tombs located a distant apart from each other. You can read up below in the pictures!

Sacred Way where I went symbolizes the road leading to heaven. Myth has it that The Emperor, known as the Son of the Heaven, who descended from Heaven to his country through the Sacred Road, also would return to Heaven through this way. The long stretch of pavement is lined with stone statues which are important decorations of the mausoleum. These statues are made of human figures like generals and civil officials, and animals like lion, elephant, xiezhi (a mythological unicorn) that is said to represent certain qualities like ferocity and used to ward off evil spirits away. Enjoy the photos!

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