Glazed Wall Tiles Portray the Nine Sons of the Dragon In Beijing Park
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Nine Dragon Wall: Nine Sons of the Dragon In Bei Hai Park, Beijing
Dragon's Nine Sons
Dragons in Chinese architecture, paintings, and culture.
According to legend the Dragon had nine sons, and each had a strong personality. There is no general agreement as to what the Dragon's sons are called, however, to most people, they are:-
A reckless and adventurous dragon whose image can be found decorating the eaves of palaces.
Valiant and bellicose; his image is seen on sword-hilts and knife hilts.
Chiwen likes to gaze into the distance and his appearance is often carved on pinnacles.
Baxia is a good swimmer and his image decorates many bridge piers and archways.
Pulao is fond of roaring and his figure is carved on bells.
Bixi is an excellent pack-animal whose image appears on panniers.
Qiuniu loves music and his figure is a common decoration on the bridge of stringed musical instruments.
Suanmi is fond of smoke and fire; his likeness can be seen on the legs of incense-burners.
Jiaotu is as tight-lipped as a mussel or a snail. His image is carved on doors.
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