The Xiaoling Mausoleum of the Ming Dynasty was built in 1381 for Zhu Yuanzhang, the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty
(1368-1644), and his empress. It has been listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO as a representative royal tomb in ancient China. Tourists will be impressed by its sublime layout as well as the fine construction. These two features are best demonstrated through the Sacred Way, 2,400m (2,625yd) long, and cpnsisting of two sections. When walking through the first section, called Stone Elephant Road, tourists will be in awe of the huge stone sculptures of lions, camels, elephants, horses and other, mythical creatures. Ancient Chinese believed they could ward off evil spirits. In the second section, called Wengzhong Path, tourists will see the august sculptures of four Chinese civil officials and four generals, playing the role as guardians of this mausoleum. Surrounded by lush pines and cypresses, tourists can experience the solemnness of this mausoleum. Da Jin Men Gate, Si Fang Cheng Building and Zixia Lake also add to the brilliance of this world heritage site.