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* History of Chinese Guardian Lions
Chinese guardian lions, also called Fu Lions, lions of Buddha, or sometimes stone lions (石獅, Pinyin: Shíshī) in Chinese art,
And is a common representation of the lion in pre-modern China, and were believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits. They have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, temples, emperors' tombs, government offices, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), until the end of the empire in 1911.
Pairs of guardian lions are still placed as decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to hotels, government structures, estates, homes and other structures, with one marble lion statue sitting on each side of the entrance.