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Goldfish adorn tide of history

Updated: 2023-09-08 08:07 ( CHINA DAILY )
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More than 10 different types and 800 individual goldfish from all over China have been gathered for an exhibition at the Prince Kung's Palace in Beijing. The exhibition will run through Sunday. XU HAOYU/CHINA DAILY

The smaller-sized Pearlscale goldfish have scales that feature lime-like protrusions, resembling pearls embedded in their bodies. The overall round, plump shape of the fish also resembles a large pearl. Redcap Oranda, on the other hand, shares a common macroscopic feature with the traditional auspicious creature, the red-crowned crane. With a prominent fleshy growth on its head and a pristine white body, this variety was particularly favored by scholars and literati.

The exhibition also features a dedicated area to showcase popular goldfish varieties that are currently available in the market, as well as some that are rarely seen.

Like, for example, the Ranchu goldfish, which bears a passing resemblance to a dairy cow, and the Panda Butterfly Tail, which features black-and-white coloring similar to that of the cuddly Chengdu natives.

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