12 Zodiac Animals’ Tragedy

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At Qichunyuan, we visited the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals Exhibition. As Chinese, we do feel sad reviewing this particular time in history when we were insulted and invaded by the western world. The European designed animal-headed human figures arranged in two groups of six poured out water in turn every two hours. A grand artistic masterpiece was destroyed overnight in 1860, having the 12 animals being robbed and lost overseas for 140 years. Currently the bronze heads of Ox, Tiger, Monkey and Pig were found and rescued by compatriots and were returned to China while the horse is in Taiwan. The heads of Rat and Rabbit are now in France. The heads of Dragon, Snake, Sheep, Rooster and Dog are still lost. Though it is unlikely to happen, but we do wish one day there is a reunion of them.