National Geographic : 1937 Oct
... Photograph by W. Robert Moore PAIRS OF STONE ANIMALS, ALTERNATELY SITTING AND STANDING, HAVE LINED THIS "ROYAL ROAD" SINCE BEFORE AMERICA'S DISCOVERY More than five centuries ago, Emperor Yung Lo built his magnificent tomb in the hills at the end of this avenue, some 26miles north ofPeiping, and twelve subse quent sovereigns of the Ming Dynasty erected their sepulchers near by. Among the stone figures along the approachare camels, elephants, lions, unicorns, and civil and military officials. Many visitors come here from Nankow on donkeys, which are so small that the riders' feet almost drag ontheground.