Spirit Way - Ming Tombs

The Spirit Way (shéndào - 神道) is part of the mausoleum complex of the Ming Emperor near Beijing.



One enters the complex through the dragon and phoenix gate.

phoenix gate


The 1540 scale 800 m long Spirit Way is flanked by paired larger-than-life animals, mystical figures and officials made of stone.

Along the Spirit Way China


In the video you will see that the sculptor has made a mistake with the lying elephant. On his final journey, the dead emperor was guided through the Spirit Way.

Spirit Way Beijing



In the stele pavilion, a 6.5 m high stele stands on a stone turtle with inscriptions of Hongxi, the fourth emperor of the dynasty. It describes the grave plant of his father, who had selected the valley.

Stele pavilion - Ming Tombs


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