The Spirit Way, or Sacred Way as it’s also called, is in an area approximately 50km from Beijing. In this area 13 Emperors from the Ming Dynasty were buried, some along with wives and concubines. The first Emperor to choose this as his burial ground was Yongle and he is also known for the construction of the Imperial Palace (the Forbidden City) in Beijing.
Part of the guard parade along the Spirit Way/Sacred Way. The parade consists of both real and mythical animals as well as humans. The animals are portrayed as both standing and sitting/lying to reflect the fact that they work in shifts.
I was waiting for my company as they were shopping for painted glass bottles, and I got fascinated by the fluff on one of the trees close to a human guard. I think I ended up with twenty pictures of fluff with a more or less visible warrior guard in the background…
My next post in this series will show you pictures from the Great Wall.