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Take a journey with Lord Rabbit to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit

Updated: 2023-01-16 12:37 ( CGTN )
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Figure of the Lord Rabbit.[Photo/CGTN]

With a human body and a rabbit's ears and mouth, Lord Rabbit, known as Tu'er Ye in Chinese, is considered an amazing symbol of Beijing local culture.

The earliest records of the Lord Rabbit date back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), once used for worship on Mid-Autumn Day. During the Qing Dynasty, Lord Rabbit served as both a shrine and a toy for children. In the hands of modern artists, Lord Rabbit can now take on any shape and be decorated with any design.

In the iconic image, Lord Rabbit often appears in a warrior's armor, with banners on its back and holds a pestle, a tool for pounding medicine.

With the Year of the Rabbit just around the corner, come and follow the most famous rabbit in Beijing city and enjoy the beauty of the capital.

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