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Friday, August 14, 2015

Chinese Stone Lions

Though parts of Chinatown are on all sides of the Gate of Harmonious Interest, the gate really marks the entrance to Chinatown proper since lower Fisgard Street is the heart of the district. Since the gate marks the entrance it is fitting that it is guarded by the two Chinese stone lions that traditionally guard the entrance to important areas. As you can see in the photos above, the two lions are not identical. They are yin and yang, female and male. On the left above is the protective female with her cub under her paws. On the right is the male with a globe (the world, the universe) in his paws. He protects the district and she protects those who live within it. Like the gate itself, these lions were a gift from Victoria's Chinese sister city, Suzhou .


JoJo said...

I never noticed those nuances before.

William Kendall said...

They really stand out. There are lions at the base of our Chinatown arch here. I should really photograph that again sometime soon.