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    Guardian Lions of China

    Guardian lions are found outside temples and other buildings in China. They are always in pairs, the male on one side of the entrance and the female on the other.

    Female lions have a lion cub under the left paw...
    Guardian Lions of China

    Male lions have spheres under their right paws. This lion has its face covered while awaiting the opening of the business which he is to guard...
    Guardian Lions of China

    When I had originally posted, I had misplaced this image of a male Guardian Lion at Beijing's Temple of Heavenly Peace. This shows the sphere in his right paw more clearly than the stone lion in the previous image.

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    Re: Guardian Lions of China

    Fascinating series, rpcrowe.

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    Re: Guardian Lions of China

    Yes, and I am loving the educational snippets with each picture too - just the right amount.

    Keep 'em coming,

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    Re: Guardian Lions of China

    I've noticed them around China town where I am but never realised the difference between sexes until now nor the purpose. I've never seen them with covered faces either. Love to see more of them if you've got some.

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    Re: Guardian Lions of China

    You've really got something going here!

    I love the first one. The colours and the horizontal bands created by the roof really make the lion pop.

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