The Stone Archway is the southernmost structure of the Ming tombs and is the first glimpse of this serene area that visitors see.
This memorial archway was erected to emphasize imperial virtues and symbolized the merits and deeds of the tomb occupants.
The structure had five openings increasing taller from outside to the center. The pillar bases are engraved with dancing dragons on all four sides. Stone lions - all facing the center - rest on both sides of the elevated pillar bases.
Whereas no one can miss the prominent Big Red Gate, further up the road, the Stone Archway is poorly marked and easily missed on your way to the area.
The index contains items and features found in Ming tombs. Some entries are duplicated in Chinese and English.