Nine Dragon Wall of Glazed Tiles in Beihai Park Portraying The Sons of the Chinese Dragon.
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Nine Dragon Wall In Bei Hai Park, Beijing; Nine Sons Of Chinese Dragon.
Bei Hai Park!? Why pay a visit to Bei Hai Park, Beijing, in December? Because in Bei Hai Park there is a Nine Dragon Wall to be photographed!
A screen just inside the entrance showed the layout of Bei Hai Park, with the Nine Dragon Wall located on the far side of the lake. The attendant at the entrance said it would be quicker to get to the Nine Dragon Wall by walking to the next entrance to Beihai Park, which would take about 10 minutes; it seemed much longer!
Before the Nine Dragon Wall was reached, five different people inside the Bei Hai Park were asked for directions, each one said it would take about ten minutes to get there!
The Chinese Dragon is said to have had nine sons, each having their own names and characters, and so their images are portrayed in different ways. The images of the Dragon named Haoxian decorates the eaves of palaces, because he has a reckless and adventurous nature. The Dragon's son named Suanmi likes fire and smoke so his image is associatd with incense-burners. Bixi, said to be the Dragon's oldest son, is strong and steady and used to carry heavy loads. Yazi is seen on swords; Chiwen on peaks; Baxia on bridges; Pulao on bells; Qiuniu on musical instruments; Jiaotu on doors; This may be the reason why an image of one of the Dragons is so frequently seen at different locations in China. There is a similar Nine Dragon Wall at the Forbidden City in Beijing on which a broken glazed tile was replaced with a painted tile due to the imminent arrival of the Emperor on a visit of inspection. It is not known whether the Emperor was aware of this temporary repair!
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" " On the north bank lies the Five-Dragon Pavilion, which was built in the Ming Dynasty. The Nine-Dragon Wall lies north of the Five-Dragon Pavilion. It was built in 1756 and is one of three walls of its kind in China. It was made of seven-color glaze bricks. Nine complete dragons playing in the clouds are decorated on both sides of the wall. " " " Src: Wikipedia
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