The next mural is conveniently located on the eastern facing building that forms the alley where The Great Wall is located, This time we come face to face with an imposing depiction of two Chinese lions guarding the path leading to the famed Forbidden City.
The Forbidden City was constructed between 1406 and 1420, and consists of over 900 buildings meant to house the Chinese emperor, his family, and household retainers. It also served as the political and cultural center of the country up until the last emperor, Puyi, was ousted during a coup in 1924. It was placed under the charge of the Palace Museum in 1925 and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
The Palace Museum draws in more than 14 million visitors per year, making it the most visited art museum in the world.
Chinese lions are imperial guardians, standing watch over palaces, tombs, temples, government offices and homes of the wealthy elite. They are usually depicted as mated pairs, the male resting his paw on an embellished ball representing his dominion over the world. The female is show restraining her cub, which is supposed to represent her nurturing nature, but as any mother will tell you, really demonstrates an infinite amount of patience and restraint.
The mural was completed by Blinc Studios in 2015.
Complete Artist List: Allan Bender, John Nobrega, Jesse McQuaig and Elaine Teguibon.