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The Largest Glazed Nine Dragon Screen in China

The largest glazed Nine Dragon Screen in China is found in Datong. It is the oldest one in China. It’s one of the four screens that are found in the country. Two are in Beijing (Beihai Park and Forbidden City) and one in Pingyao.

As you all know, though mythical, are revered in China. You’ll find dragons in their calendars and other house decorations during Chinese New Year celebration. Dragon dancing is also done in wedding, fairs, festivals and other celebrations. If there’s a Chinatown in your city, there’s always dragon dancing involve in special Chinese celebrations/festivals.

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If you look at them, you might find them boring, for sure, right? The craftsmanship, however, is very impressive! This screen is 600 years old.   

Nine Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

Nine Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

This was built during the Ming Dynasty. It is 45.5 meters long, 8 inches high and 2 meters thick.

Nine Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

Nine Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

Let’s take a look at each dragon. 

Nine Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

Nine Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

They are painted / glazed in different colors. 

Nine Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

Nine Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

The dominant colours are: yellow, blue and purple. 

Nine Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

Nine Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

If you look closer, each dragon is playing with a pearl and the sun and moon aside. 

Nine Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

Nine Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

The background colours and carvings represent nature: rivers, mountains and trees. 

Nine Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

Nine Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

Nine-Screen Dragons are usually found in Imperial Palaces and are usually standing at the gate. 

Nine-Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

Nine-Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

In China, dragons are symbol of power. 

Nine-Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

Nine-Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

They also stand good luck for those who deserve it. 

Nine-Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

Nine-Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

Dragons are powerful that they are believed to bring (and can control) rain, flood and hurricane.

Nine-Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

Nine-Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

You might be wondering why there are 9 dragons on the screen, right?

That’s because 9 is a lucky number in China!

 

  

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