This is just another lovely building of the forbidden city. You'll notice that the marble stairs in the middle were for the eunuch's to carry the emperor, while the stairs to the sides were for the others. You will see many people taking pictures in front of the lions. They don't know that it's considered unlucky to do this as you would not do it if they were real, if that matters to you. Just don't do it when a black cat is walking past.
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