Happy New Year everyone! The first photo of the day for 2011 is this dragon turtle sculpture from the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. I was’t sure of the significance of this animal, so thankfully Wikipedia was able to shed some light on this sculpture:
A dragon turtle is a legendary Chinese turtle with a dragonlike head. It combines two of the four celestial animals of Chinese mythology. Dragon symbolizes success, courage, determination, and power. Turtle symbolizes longevity and support. The transformation of the turtle to a dragon signifies impending success and good fortune in careers and business endeavors.