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Lions at the Gate of Heavenly Purity in Forbidden City (Beijing - China)
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
N 39° 55.062 E 116° 23.439
50S E 447923 N 4418800
Quick Description: The Gate of Heavenly Purity in Forbidden City is guarded by two gilded Golden Lions, who's heads are tilted slightly inward toward the Imperial Road, the central axis along which the Emperor exclusively moved...
Location: China
Date Posted: 5/27/2009 6:01:26 AM
Waymark Code: WM6FQR
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 45

Long Description:
Chines guardian lions are always created in pairs, with the male playing with a ball and the female with a cub. The lionesse, who holds a cub in her paw symbolizes longevity. Opposite her stands the male lion, who holds the world in his paw symbolizes power.

Chinese guardian lions (Fu Lions), lions of Buddha, or sometimes stone lions are a common representation of the lion in pre-modern China, which is believed to have powerful mythic protective powers that has traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, temples, emperors' tombs, government offices, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), until the end of the empire in 1911.
Physical Address:
Gate of Heavenly Purity - Forbidden City
Dongcheng District
Beijing, China

Web Site: [Web Link]

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