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Tomb of Hongwu

China, an East Asian country is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It has a vast cultural history of more than five thousand years and an outstanding natural beauty. On the other hand, this country has remained a comparatively isolated and secluded one, and being a land of mystery, this country is not known to the western half of the world. However, China is rapidly developing and has grown in the phase of modernization, with an immense speed and is also welcoming the outer world to interact and do business with them.
To the east of Nanjing lies the tomb of Ming emperor Hongwu who lasted from 1368 to 1398 and his empress. Building of the tomb began in 1381 and was finished in 1383. Even though originally much larger than the Ming tombs near Beijing, most of the original structure was ruined by the Taipings. The road leading up to the tomb is called as the Sacred Way and it lined with fascinating stone animals including lions, camels as well as horses.
Further up the road there are also stone statues of military men in civil and armor officials. This path leading to the tomb is bends at intervals, evidently to puzzle evil spirits who can only take a trip in straight lines. At the end of the Sacred Way there is an exhibition area followed by a large courtyard and the Soul Tower.
The tomb of Hongwu is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in China. It is worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place will leave a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justify the proud cultural tradition of China.

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