Thirteen Ming Tombs (Míng Shísānlíng 明十三陵)|Míng Shísānlíng 明十三陵 (Thirteen Ming Tombs)
Located at the foot of Zi Jin Shan (Purple & Golden Mountain) in an eastern suburb of Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, these two elephants guard the Sacred Way that leads to the Tomb of the first Ming Dynasty Emperor Hongwu (reigned 1368–1398) and Empress Ma. Nanjing was the capital of Ming China during this period. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
Built between 1409 and 1644, the Thirteen Ming Tombs is the largest