The Ming Tombs: Spirit Way and Dingling

The Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty are, like most dynastic things, huge. We explored one of the thirtteen tombs (Ding Ling) after walking through the two-mile-long entrance known as Spirit Way.

The Colors of Gold and Blood

As we walked along Spirit Way, presumably re-created statues lined the path. There were four specimens of each type, two kneeling on either side, and two at attention on either side. This was true for statues of generals as it was for statues of animals

After spirit way, we drove to Dingling. Yes, the park is so huge you drive from one location to another. Along the way I kept thinking visiting imperial graves would have been a lot of work…

Dingling Towers Ominously

The tomb itself is underground. While photography is permitted, the dim light made it difficult to take an acceptable picture with my camera

The Imperial Sarcophagus

One of the most interesting parts of the trip was the well dressed and well guarded (at least three uniformed officer and one plainclothesed guard) French delegation

Viva la France!

In a weird way Beijing is familiar to me. It is almost dead west from where I live and go to school, and the climate is very similar. While walking outside the Ming Tombs, I couldn’t kick the thought that I was by the Custer State Game Lodge, if it was five centuries old and next door to tens of millions of Chinese people…

Black hills outside Beijing

… and, of course, fond of Great Wall style construction

The Ming Tombs, a tdaxp travelogue.
1. Drive
2. Spirit Way and Dingling
3. Shisanling Reservoir

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