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The Sacred Way
Solemn Sacred Way
 Pictures of Sacred Way
In the front part of the imperial necropolises, there usually is a Sacred Way (or Divine Road) which means the road leading to heaven. The Emperor, known as the Son of the Heaven, who came from Heaven to his country through the Sacred Way, also deservedly would return to Heaven through this road.

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.
Our Group Tour to the Sacred Way
Our Group to Ming Tombs
Visitors on Sacred Way
Visitors on the Sacred Way
Among the many Sacred Ways, the one of Ming Tombs' is best preserved and complete. The Sacred Way starts with a huge stone memorial archway lying at the front of the area. Constructed in 1540, during the Ming Dynasty, this archway is the earliest and biggest stone archway existing in China today. Farther in, the Shengong Shengde Stele Pavilion can be seen. Inside it, there lies a 50-ton tortoise carrying a stone tablet. A white marble Huabiao (ornamental pillar) is positioned at each corner of the stele pavilion. At the top of each is stationed a mythical beast facing either inward or outward, expressing hope that the emperor will neither cling to the palace nor forget to return to the Palace to handle state affairs. Then come two Roof Pillars on each side of the road, whose surfaces are carved with the cloud design, and tops are shaped like a rounded cylinder. After the 18 pairs of stone statues which are all sculpted from whole stones, and larger than life size, comes the Dragon and Phoenix Gate.

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.