CHINA: Dragons & Splendor

The bygone splendor of Imperial China seemed to reawaken, for a day last week, at the ancient Imperial Capital of Nanking. Dragons helped to create the illusion—paper dragons. They flew from every pole and flagstaff, noses nuzzling the wind, mouths open and gulping the breezes which distended their long writhing, wriggling bodies. Above all flew the White Star of the new and democratic Nationalist Government;* but the dragons were yellow as of gold, Ming yellow, Manchu yellow, Imperial yellow.

The myriad dragons and much red-white-&-blue bunting were evoked by a great and...

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