Legend tells us that the genesis of the Chinese calendar can be traced back to Qin Shi Huangdi, the Dragon Emperor. Even though the People’s Republic of China currently uses the Gregorian calendar for civil purposes, the traditional calendar marks the festival celebrations. There are twelve animals associated with Chinese Zodiac, each one having special significance to those belonging to the sign.
There are many stories and fables that explain the beginning of the zodiac, my favourite being about the Jade Emperor and the Great Race. I am born in the year of the Ram, the eighth animal who arrived at the finish line. It appears that those who are under this sign have an artistic flair. Perhaps that is why I’m enjoying the remarkable artistry of our Terracotta Warriors.
Map Position: #9 – Dunsmuir & Howe
Artist: Kathy Zhang