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|Cemetery Lions Get Eyes
The two lions that guard the Chinese cemetery on Hudson Bay Trail got their eyes on March 30, 1996.
Consulate general of People's Republic of China in Vancouver paid a special visit to Kamloops to honor the oldest Chinese cemetery in Canada as part of the Ching Ming Festival.
Most of the those buried in the cemetery were pioneer Chinese railway workers. The cemetery was declared a heritage site with the help of the City of Kamloops, Chinese Cultural Association and the Chinese Freemasons.
The stone lions were donated by the People's Republic of China. The lions eyes were dotted by Consul Xinpei Zhou and acting Mayor Grant Robinson during the festivel event. The dotting of the eyes is to keep the lions awake and stand guard for all the departed souls.
Mayor Cliff Branchflower and Councillor Joe Leong attended the Chinese Freemasons banquet celebrating the Chinese Freemasons anniversary and Ching Ming.