Solemn Sacred Way
Pictures of Sacred Way
The road is often lined with stone statues which are important decorations of the mausoleum. These statues are usually 12 human figures (including the general, civil officials and meritorious officials) and 24 animals which are lion, camel, elephant, xiezhi (a mythological unicorn), qilin (one of the four "divine animals, the other three are dragon, phoenix and tortoise), and horse. There are 4 of each of these animals: two standing and two squatting with different meanings. Lion symbolizes awesome solemnity because of their ferocity. Camel and elephant are meant to suggest the vastness of the territory controlled by the court, because they are dependable transport in desert and tropics. Xiezhi was put there to keep evil spirits away, because it was believed to possess the sixth sense to tell right and wrong. If two men fight, a xiezhi would gore the wicked one. Qilin, an auspicious symbol, was placed on two sides. Horse, as the emperor's mount, is absolutely indispensable. It is said that these animals is supposed to change guard at midnight.
The Sacred Way was originally built to lead to the Changling mausoleum. Afterwards, twelve more mausoleums were built. It is a ten-minute bus ride from the Sacred Way to Changling.
|Admission Fee:|| |
CNY 20 (Nov.1 – the next Mar.31); CNY 30 (Apr.1 – Oct.31)
|Transportation:||Take bus 919 支 1 or 345 at De Sheng Men Xi Station, get off at Chang Ping Dong Guan Station, and take bus 314 and get off at Changling Station. |
Take Subway Line 5 to Tiantongyuan Station and then change to Changping Bus 22 to Changling Station.
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Surrounding Scenic Spots: Badaling Great Wall Ming Tombs
How to get to Badaling Great Wall from Sacred Way: Take bus no.314 at Changling Tomb, get off at Ming Huang La Xiang Gong Station (The Ming Dynasty Wax Museum), take bus no.919 (慢) at the South Gate of The Ming Dynasty Wax Museum, and get off at Badaling Great Wall.