January 9, 2001
But the tomb itself is not really the main attraction. The most memorable feature of this historical sight was the way to the tomb, known as the Stone Elephant Road. Lining the Road are huge pairs of animals, including lions, camels, elephants, unicors, and horses. After the animals come stone warriros and stone ministers who flank the way to the entrance. There was a wall, then a massive inner gate, and then probably the tomb itself. I hope that the tomb would yield some national treasures once it is excavated, but knowing Chinese history, the good stuff has probably been looted. I wonder whether the Ming emperors buried stone soldiers, chariots, animals, as well as his whole court as the Qin emperor of old?
From journal Nanjing - a great Chinese city