Grade 9 Unit 5 Topic 1 Section B

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Susanna: Wow! What grand buildings! Why are the roofs of most buildings yellow?
Jane: Because yellow was a symbol of imperial power in ancient China.
Susanna: What are those animals that are carved on the stones?
Kangkang: They are dragons. It’s said that they’re powerful animals which guard the whole nation. In ancient China, emperors thought that they themselves were real dragons and the sons of Heaven.
Jane: And the dragon has become a symbol of the Chinese nation.
Kangkang: That’s correct! It also plays an important part in Chinese festivals.
Susanna: How interesting! Anything else about dragons?
Kangkang: Yes, there are a lot of operas, music, paintings and sayings about dragons.

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