Day Three took us to the Sacred Road. From Wikipedia (link),
The site of the Ming Dynasty Imperial Tombs was carefully chosen according to Feng Shui principles. According to these, bad spirits and evil winds descending from the North must be deflected; therefore, an arc-shaped area at the foot of the Jundu Mountains north of Beijing was selected. This 40 square kilometer area — enclosed by the mountains in a pristine, quiet valley full of dark earth, tranquil water and other necessities as per Feng Shui — would become the necropolis of the Ming Dynasty.
Each animal is first depicted as "kneeling" to honor the passing of the emperor's casket.
The animal then stands to attention to guard the emperor's casket.
Above is the Shi; below is the Xiezhi.
From Cultural China (link),
Legend has it that xiezhi is a divine goat which, upon seeing a quarrel or fight, would reach out its horn to touch the side which is wrong. It is so upright that it never compromises its principle even if the wrong side is an emperor. In his autobiography, Pu Yi, the last Qing emperor, also mentioned xiezhi by saying that the emperor had a statue of the mythological goat in front of his desk to remind himself that he should be fair and strict in handling state and political affairs.
The camel was vital to the Silk Road.
The elephant demonstrates strength ...
... enough to hold my family!
We posted by the standing elephant ...
... just like Mao when he visited the tombs.
We chuckled at the signs!
Kim in Korea