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Lama Temple Fierce Lion Beijing 2 Lions, Dragons, & Mythical Beasts.

Whenever you visit a temple, or a palace, or any place of importance, you will find the gate or doorway is guarded on each side by a matching pair of fierce beast.

The Chinese have great faith in good fortune, and these beasts are there to guard against any bad luck passing through.

This is one of a pair of lions and sits outside the Lama Temple in Beijing, and is made of bronze.

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Summer Palace Fierce Dragon Beijing Usually these guardians of good fortune are stylized lions carved from white stone. This one however is made from bronze, and in the form of a dragon. He guards the private buildings for the Emperor and Empress in the Summer Palace in Beijing.

This one has a phoenix as a partner, as the dragon is the symbol of the Emperor, and the phoenix is the symbol of the Empress.

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Summer Palace Fierce Beast Beijing The more fierce looking the beast, the more powerful the guardian.

This one is outside the Summer Palace in Beijing. It is neither lion or dragon, it is an imaginary beast, with scaly body, and bony horns.

Again this one is bronze, and unusually, this one stands alone.

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