|Solemn Sacred Way |
Pictures of Sacred Way
The Sacred Way 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 this place to Changling..
How to get to Sacred Way of Ming Tombs in Beijing
2. Take bus 345 Express or 886 from Deshengmen West Station, get off at Changping Dongguan Station, and then take bus 314 to get off at Nanxin Village Station.
3. Take Subway Changping Line to Changping Dongguan Station, and then transfer to bus 314 to Nanxin Village Station.
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|Entrance Fee|| |
April to October: CNY 30
November to March: CNY 20
Note: Free for children under 1.2 meters (3.9 feet).
|Opening Hours|| |
April to October: 08:10 - 17:50
November to March: 08:30 - 17:00
Surrounding Scenic Spots: Badaling Great Wall Ming Tombs