Fact # 21. Lions-guardians hotel “Peking”.
According to ancient Chinese tradition, the lion is the mythical quarterback of the Act, the guardian of the sacred buildings. It is a symbol of power and success, power and strength. In early Chinese art lions are not depicted at all, but with the development of imperial power, they began to appear in different manners and incarnations. Initially, the Celestial lions stood solely in front of the entrance to the Imperial House. And only many years later the guards appeared in front of palaces, temples and Government offices. Over time, the Lions began to decorate the House and became a symbol of high social status and wealth of the family. Traditionally, Lions-guardians, holding the paw are ball bronze pair on both sides of the entrance. At the right hand of the lion, on the left is a lioness. The fact that it is emblematic of the ball, there are several legends. One of them is Leo presses paw “globe” and embodies the energy of Yan. On the other hand-ball is a Sun and a lion-a symbol of the forces of nature.
The guards Hotel «Peking» you can see at the Museum on 7-th floor.