The references to Foo Dogs and Chinese Lions on this webpage include    Foo Dog pictures and Guardian Lion statues. Stone Foo Dogs or Chinese lions in yard of Stone Mason. Four Foo Dogs on plinths. Chinese Lions said to bring good fortune and protection. Stonemasons make Guardian Lion statues. Stone models of Gardian Lions positioned at entrances to Palaces. Male Chinese Lion holds ball under front paw, female Chinese Lion with baby lion. Stone elephant and tortoise sculptured with power tools in yard of Chinese Stone Mason. Shaolin Temple Disciple places hand on head of Keiloon. The Keiloon is a legendary creature with horns on the head of a lion. Guardian Lions to protect entrances to temples. Two Foo Dogs on plinths with baby and globe. Stone elephant with raised trunk. Stone models of animals symbols of happiness, good fortune, protection, or long life, in Chinese Legends, displayed in Chinese Stone Mason yard off road to Dengfeng. Statues of Foo Dog, Guardian Lion, Dragon Bixi, Elephant, and legendary Keiloon, in stone masonery yard. Hand on head of Keiloon.
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Pictures Of Foo Dogs, Elephants and Guardian Lions in Yard of Stonemasons.

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The road from Zhengzhou to Dengfeng passes a series of Stonemason Yards in which are displayed Chinese Lions, elephants, tortoises and Foo Dogs. Foo Dogs, or Guardian Lions, are recurring themes in Chinese culture and are said to bring happiness and good fortune. Foo Dogs are considered to give desirable protection to the home or business. The guardian lions are positioned at entrances; the female lion holds       a cub under her paw whilst the male lion holds a globe.The Foo Dog originated in China getting its name from the city of FooChow. The Foo Dog became the Chinese Guardian Lion, with a rich history in Chinese art, legend and traditions. The Chinese Guardian Lion is often called the Dog of Foo, Foo being the Chinese word for happiness.

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Pictures of Foo Dogs in stone on display in stone masons yard between Zhengzhou and Dengfeng.
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Male and female Foo Dogs or Chinese Lions displayed in Yard
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