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Forbidden City
故宫博物院
Gate of Heavenly Purity 乾清门

Above is the female lion in front of the Gate of Heavenly Purity 乾清门 (Qiánqīng Mén). The symbolism of fertility and production is especially apt in front of the living quarters of the emperors.











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