The Yu Garden (Yuyuan) is a lavish five acre Suzhou-style garden in old-town Shanghai. In the 1500's Ming Dynasty, a fella named Pan spent 20 years creating the garden to please his pops. The garden subsequently went through disrepair and revitalization before it was finally declared a national monument by the Chinese government in 1982.
The place is absolutely beautiful, and I will post actual photos of it soon enough. Just be patient. Say, "me, be cool!" However, it was this little dragon that caught my interest. I was walking around, happy as can be, enjoying the gardens with my family when I passed this stone wall carving of the dragon and had to double back.
I caught it out of the corner of my eye and had the feeling that is was staring at me, similar to how the Mona Lisa seems to follow you around with her gaze. The feeling was eerie, because it seemed like the little thing was some sort of guardian that you would not want to tangle with. I looked around and there was nothing of obvious worth to warrant such a dedicated sentry, but nevertheless it had been created to protect. I wonder if it was moved from its original location at some point during the garden's long history. At any rate, I am glad I didn't have to throw down with the little guy, because I surely would have lost a tooth or my left elbow or something.