The Lion Dance begins

I'm not sure if these were meant to be Lions or Dragons. The dance was definitely called the Lion Dance, so one would assume these are lions.

Update: They're Lions.

Taken at the Brisbanites Feb 2007 "Chinese/Korean New Year" Meet in Chinatown.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 17th February 2007, This photo: 6:00pm

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  • Margot- said:
    I'm not sure either because there's a dragon dance and a lion dance as well but I don't know which is this. Very nice shot, though, David.
  • David de Groot said:
    Definitely Lions Margot, the Dragon dance was the following afternoon. I didn't know what they were on the day, but found out not long afterwards :)
  • mister picture said:
    These are lions. I guess for those who don't know, it might look like a dragon. But once you see what the dragon looks like, it'll be obvious that these are lions. Look at an impressive performance here: I have loved these lion dances since childhood.
  • David de Groot said:
    Hi Kitty, feel free to use a couple of these for the website, I was quite impressed by the whole show :) If at all possible, I ask that you attribute me as the photographer though.
  • hockchong liondance said:
    First of all, thanks for the great pic.
    We were invited to perform for China Town Mall Chinese New Year to welcome the year of the Pig. We are the Hock Chong Lion & Dragon Dance team. You can easily tell our lions from other schools in Brisbane/ Australia by our team color Red!! These are south lions. We also use Dragons which have 9 man where as lion has 2 man. Would it be ok if we use your pics for our website, we don't get much chance to take photos of our performances...Our website is;
    We also have our own flickr page ;
  • comme_des_ange said:
    Fabulous Photo..... The color combination just so traditional chinese style......

    Thanks for sharing , i love it@

    As if you are interested, please go to the following group and take a look:

    hope you will join it =)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, it was a good performance, we all thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Thanks :) It was a good afternoon / evening out.
  • comme_des_ange said:
    hello david,
    sorry for interupt again, but this lion image is such a great artpiece here.....
    it will b really nice if u think about it and join us here for a collective project for whole flickrs, u might find interested to submit pieces of asia art here....

    it will b meaningful for all of us
    it's a photography project and the book is going to publish!
    Hope u will join it = ]

    Thanks! - Andery
  • comme_des_ange said:
    Hey Dear,

    First of all thank you very much for joining the Treasures of the Dragon
    book project. We have seen your images it's really brilliant. For now, I love to ask if you can send us a high resolution image to us for trying to work out the book’s spreading for the further selections of cool images of you guys! We have been attracted by your photo as soon as we saw it! it was totally eye catchy! And Image need to be minimum A4 size at 300dpi.

    Any images please send to

    Thanks again!!!
    hope to hear from you soon!

    Best regards,
  • David de Groot said:
    Hi Andery,

    I've sent you a high-res jpg via email.

  • cplbasilisk said:
    yeah.. lions aren't native to china! that's why they don't look like real lions. on the other hand, dragons are definitely native to china ^_^

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Chinese Lion Dance, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • sueanne lee said:
    can i use your photos of lion dance for purpose of the university use? it is just a class work.. thx for reply..
  • God Of Killing Spree said:
    Nice Pic
  • David de Groot said:
    God Of Killing Spree - Thanks :)
  • danielab2007 said:
    handsome lions!!