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Forbidden City
Nine Dragon Screen 九龙壁

Starting from the left, the first dragon in the Nine Dragon Wall 九龙壁 (Jiǔ Lóng Bì) is golden, as are the fifth and the last dragons. Symmetry is an important part of any Chinese design. Symmetry is not followed slavishly. Notice that the two pairs of dragons on the left face one another, while those on the right of the central dragon break that pattern and by doing so emphasizes the dragons as a group rather than as pairs.

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