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This is the site of the Ming Dynasty Imperial Tombs, an area that is approximately 40 square kilometers. The area is enclosed by mountains in the background, and is located in a pristine and quiet valley about 2 hours north of Beijing.

What you see is the The Spirit Way (also referred to as The Sacred Way), which is a 7 kiometer long pathway that is lined on both sides with larger-than-full-size statues of guardian animals and government officials. These were meant to ward off bad spirits and evil winds descending from the North.

Since joining RB I’ve greatly enjoyed being part of a lovely community of wonderful people. I’ve also made some new friends that I hope to meet one day in person. I have several passions/hobbies/professions (music, photography, martial arts & yes environmental engineering to name a few)! I am very blessed being able to work in all of these. Please feel free to visit & provide honest opinion on my photos as I am still learning (a day that goes by without learning anything is a wasted day).

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  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaover 3 years ago

    Ohhh I would love to walk there…great image Hany….looking at it again, I can feel my feet on that path….

  • Thank you Ellanita; it was definitely one of the many exhilarating highlights of my trip. After spending almost 2 hours walking that path and looking into the eyes of each and every statue, you definitely feel the power of the spirit guarding the tombs in the distance. Thank you again.

    – © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography

  • And thank you for adding it to your favourites.

    – © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography

  • BrendaForsey
    BrendaForseyover 3 years ago

    Wow…what a fabulous photo..the green trees and the different guardian animals..wow..i love your perspective!! Well captured my friend!

  • A MILLION thanks Brenda. I was at this place at almost 7:00 am, after driving to get there for almost 2 and half hours from Beijing. And I am glad I was there at that time; otherwise, I would have had to ward off more people than these statues had to ward off bad spirits (LOL)

    – © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography

  • BrendaForsey
    BrendaForseyover 3 years ago

    love your sense of humor and wit!!! That was a lot of driving!!! You find yourway around very well on your own…very clever!!!!!

  • I’m not as clever as you think Brenda! In China it is prohibited to drive as a foreigner (and apparently there is only one rental car agency in all of Beijing). If you want to drive there, you have to apply in person 3 months in advance through the embassy, get approval from Beijing, find this rental agency, then sign your life away!!! I tell you – lanes do not mean much; street signs do not mean much; and sidewalks… yikes!! Beware Mr. Pedestrian… because you will never know when a car is coming your way, or from which direction!!! FUN!!! Enough said.

    – © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography

  • BrendaForsey
    BrendaForseyover 3 years ago

    Yes i do understand, and being a photographer, you need to have 360 degree vision and nerves of steel, and great reaction timing…you did well to take the photo’s you did and to come out still in one piece. I was in Quebec city at one time, and the pedestrians do not have the right of way…and the cab i was in nearly ran over 3 people on the way to the hotel from the airport. It was crazy…so i can only imagine how it was for you.

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 3 years ago

    it’s brilliant. hany….:P i didnt feel ok last night. im calming down again. this was the case in a couple of years at rb. and it’s getting almost forgetable:)) i must get on the schedue. thanks for chatting.

  • Thanks for liking my China pics. Coming from someone with a Chinese background, I am honoured! I hope I am doing these places some justice!

    – © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 3 years ago

    it’s a wonder land. we have a river around north called Black Dragon River…much grains gowing there are wonderful and the oily black soil! so rich. just cold in winter:( but with ice lanterns and carvings:))

  • Sounds like a very lovely place to be! Is this in China?

    – © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 3 years ago

    should be. Beijing. the first impression was ..ShenYang, more up north but not. i recognize the stone carvings. I love city Dalian. im planning to go and get an appartment..or maybe work for art there. not sure. or just have my child there.

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