The pathway leading to the valley of Ming Dynasty Tombs.
The entrance gate. (although we walked to pathway backwards)
We strolled along the pathway marveling at the eighteen pairs of stone statues.
|Love the Weeping Willows|
Each statue was carved from one stone and are larger than real life counterparts.
|Priests - with scroll to block the direct viewing of the Emperor|
|Always need a bit of security|
|xiezhi (a mythical dragon-unicorn)|
The animals, in pairs, were displayed standing and kneeling and each had a different meaning.
Every area we visited in China had "guardians" on the roof. The first is an "immortal man" riding a rooster. The maximum number of guardians is nine, including evil-dispelling bull, courageous goat-bull , wind- and storm-summoning fish, mythical lion, auspicious seahorse, heavenly horse, lion, and chiwen, a son of dragon.
|Posing with "Bowser"|