National Geographic : 1938 Feb
Photograph by Merl La Voy TIME-WORN STATUES STAND ETERNAL GUARD ALONG THE AVENUE TO THE TOMB OFTHE FIRST MING EMPEROR A century before America was discovered, the founder of the Ming dynasty was buried on the side of this mountain overlooking Nanking. The tombs and buildings, more than 500 years old, have fallen into decay, but the stone warriors and other figures that border the approachremain intact. The memorial became amodel for all later emperors; the famous Ming Tombs near Peiping were patterned after it. Two Chinese riding along the path are mounted onbullocks.