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Qilin 기린 麒麟

on March 10, 2011

Summer Palace

颐和园

 

Courtesy of Wikipedia:

The Qilin (Chinese: 麒麟, alternatively 騏驎; pinyin: qílín; Wade–Giles: ch’i-lin), also spelled Kirin from Japanese, or sometimes Kyrin, is a mythical hooved Chinese chimerical creature known throughout various East Asian cultures, and is said to appear in conjunction with the arrival of a sage. It is a good omen that brings rui (Chinese: 瑞; pinyin: ruì; roughly translated as “serenity” or “prosperity”). It is often depicted with what looks like fire all over its body. It is sometimes misleadingly called the “Chinese unicorn” due to conflation with the unicorn by Westerners.

 

 

 

 

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