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A Nine-Dragon Wall or Nine-Dragon Screen (九龙壁; pinyin: Jiǔ Lóng Bì) is a type of screen wall with reliefs of nine different Chinese dragons. Such walls are typically found in imperial Chinese palaces and gardens.
Early reference to the tradition of putting a screen wall at the gate is found in the Analects, 3:22: therein, it is mentioned as a trivial ritual norm ("The princes of States have a screen intercepting the view at their gates". 邦君樹塞門, trans. by James Legge).
Partial list of Nine-Dragon Walls:
- Beihai Park, Beijing. Built in 1402, it features dragons on both sides.
- Forbidden City, Beijing. Built in 1771, it is located in front of the Palace of Tranquil Longevity.
- Haw Par Villa, Singapore
- Chinatown, Chicago, Built in 2003, it is a miniature reproduction of the wall in Beihai Park, Beijing.
- Hong Kong:
- Mississauga Chinese Centre, Mississauga, Canada
- "Chicago Architecture Info - Nine Dragon Wall". Artefaqs Corporation. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
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