The Mausoleums of Jing Jiang
The Mausoleums of Jing Jiang are tombs of generations of Ming princes who were dispatched by the emperor to govern today’s Guilin region. The tombs are located at the foot of the grand Yao Mountain in the eastern suburbs, some 5 kilometers from the city.
The mausoleums are set amidst lush pine trees and surrounded by the hills and mountains. A babbling stream runs gently through them. The site was circled by an oblong-shaped wall, which divides the complex into the outer garden and the inner palace. Over 300 tombs scatters around over 100 square kilometers. A sacred way in the outer garden leads to the inner palace. Along the way lines stone statues of animals and government officials which were believed to guard the tombs. In the inner palace lay the tombs themselves. The Mausoleum of Princes Zhuangjian is the only one here that opens to the public. Some valuable relics excavated from his tomb including a vase, some silver and golden wares are now displayed in the Altar Palace.