The Elephant road is located in the Ming Xiaoling National Heritage park. The Ming Xiaoling is the mausoleum of the Hongwu Emperor, the founder of the Ming dynasty.
It lies at the southern foot of Purple Mountain, located east of the historical centre of Nanjing. The Elephant Road is lined by 12 pairs of 6 kinds of animals (lions, Xie Zhi, camels, elephants, qilin, and horses), guarding the tomb.