On a steep hillside outside Hue, in Central Vietnam, this grandiose dragon staircase leads up to the entrance gates and the first courtyard of Khai Dinh's Tomb.
Entrance gates to the first courtyard. The tomb climbs the hillside in terraces of cement, slate and marble, and was 11 years in the making.
The first courtyard is filled with stone statues of elephants, horses and civil and military mandarins. Khai Dinh reigned from 1916 to 1925