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Forbidden city - Statues in front of a palace

Forbidden city - Statues in front of a palace

Notes :
1 - The huge cauldron permanently contained water in case of fire (the same for every palace).
2 - The deer is a symbol of longevity.
3 - The Chinese dragon is composed of 9 parts of animals : body of snake, belly of mollusk, scales of carp, paws of tiger, claws of eagle, head of camel, horns of deer, eyes of hare, ears of ox. It derives its power from the pearl it holds in its hand or mouth.