Guardians of the Gates

Pi Xiū

Chinese Mythical Creatures, Pi Xiū 貔貅,
Notes: Pi Xiu is a legendary animal that once existed as an auspicious beast, like dragon and kylin the Chinese unicorn. Folklore says it has helped Huang Di the earliest Chinese emperor to defeat his opponent Chi Yiu. Pi Xiu also appears in the classical Chinese novel "Legends of Deities". It is believed that Pi Xiu the Legendary Beast can help block invasion of bad luck and empower the household. It is also said that Pi Xiu loves treasures of gold and silver, very often collecting treasures in their mouths and bring to their masters to please them, therefore Pi Xiu the Legendary Beast helps you to get rich.

Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixiu

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Loc.: Shanghai. China. Date: 27 June 2008

Photo: Pua Kaw
Note: Close up of a Pi Xiu
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Loc.: Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. China. Date: 12 September 2008

Photo: Ooi Chooi Seng
Note: Two Pi Xiu guarding the front of a large business outlet.
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Loc.: Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. China. Date: 12 September 2008

Photo: Ooi Chooi Seng
Note: Close up of the left Pi Xiu.
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Loc.: Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. China. Date: 12 September 2008

Photo: Ooi Chooi Seng
Note: Close up of the right Pi Xiu.
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Loc.: Urumqi, Xinjang Autonomous Province, China. Date: 14 September 2008

Photo: Ooi Chooi Seng
Note: Two Pi Xiu guards a restaurant at Urumqi
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Loc.: Urumqi, Xinjang Autonomous Province, China. Date: 14 September 2008

Photo: Ooi Chooi Seng
Note: Close up of left Pi Xiu.
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Loc.: Urumqi, Xinjang Autonomous Province, China. Date: 14 September 2008

Photo: Ooi Chooi Seng
Note: Close up of right Pi Xiu.
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Loc.: Infront of a fashion house, Urumqi, Xinjang Autonomous Province, China. Date: 14 September 2008

Photo: Ooi Chooi Seng
Note: Close up of right Pi Xiu.
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Loc.: Infront of a fashion house, Urumqi, Xinjang Autonomous Province, China. Date: 14 September 2008

Photo: Ooi Chooi Seng
Note: Close up of left Pi Xiu.
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Loc.: A restaurant at the cable car exit from Tianchi Mountain, Xinjang Autonomous Province, China. Date: 17 September 2008

Photo: Ooi Chooi Seng
Note: A pair of Pi Xiu at the front of the restaurant.
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Loc.: A restaurant at the cable car exit from Tianchi Mountain, Xinjang Autonomous Province, China. Date: 17 September 2008

Photo: Ooi Chooi Seng
Note: Close up of the left Pi Xiu at the front of the restaurant.
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Loc.: A restaurant at the cable car exit from Tianchi Mountain, Xinjang Autonomous Province, China. Date: 17 September 2008

Photo: Ooi Chooi Seng
Note: Close up of the rightPi Xiu at the front of the restaurant.