The Spirit Way or Sacred Way is a 1km long passage extending from south to north, connecting the Great Palace gate with the Longfeng gate. Construction of the passage began under Emperor Xuande in 1435. The sacred way passes through the Stele pavilion, which contains a large bixi (tortoise-like dragon, carrying the largest stele in China). On both sides it is lined by trees and statues of people and animals.

01 The Ming Tombs 02 Great red gate 03 Great red gate 04 Tree lined path 05 Tree lined path
06 Stele pavilion 07 Turtle stele 08 Sacred way 09 Sacred way 10 Sacred way
11 Horse statue 12 Statue 13 Sacred way 14 Statue 15 Statue 16 Statue
17 Walnut tree
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