Western-style Guardian Lions in China
In addition to traditional Chinese guardian lions, it is not uncommon to see Western-influenced (naturalistic) lions in Chinese cities. Some of these are completely naturalistic in appearance; others are more stylised. Whereas orthodox Chinese-style lions have the head facing forwards, naturalistic lions tend to have them partially facing to the side. In many cases the male is represented with his mouth open and the female with hers closed. The following examples are from the streets of Haikou, Sanya, and Shenzhen.
Guardian Lions in Hainan (1) Haikou and Sanya
Guardian Lions in Hainan (2) Qionghai and Haikou
Guardian Lions in Hainan (3) Haikou
Some Slightly Different Guardian Lions Tibetan, Vietnamese, MingSome Western-influenced Guardian Lions in China
Links to sites about guardian lions on the Internet.