Hong Kong signature lion dance

Lion dance is a dance full of colours, sounds and movements.  


🎨 The dance with then 1000 years history and its main idea is to bring luck and fortune. 

It is usually performed during the Chinese New Year, Chinese national holidays and even important business events. During the Chinese New Year, it’s performed everywhere from streets and shopping malls to restaurants. You definitely won’t miss it since there are more than 100 lion troops dancing in different parts of Hong Kong. 

🎨 The lion biggest Lion dance in the world took place in HK in 2011. That was the performance in which 1,111 Dragons and Lions took part.

🎨 The lion biggest Lion dance in the world took place in HK in 2011. That was the performance in which 1,111 Dragons and Lions took part.

Apart from it being an incredible acrobatic performance the dance has an important meaning. In Chinese Culture it is believed that the Lions and the accompanying revelry of drums, gongs and firecrackers will scare away the bad spirits and bring good luck in the coming year.

After all, anybody that is running his/her own business (or is related to it in any way) will want to get rid of all the previously accumulated bad luck, clean his/her house and attract good fortune. It’s obvious that the Lion Dancers are sure to be welcomed everyone at anytime and anywhere! 


✏️There are 3 specific types of lions that represent characters from the Romance of three kingdoms. It’s kind of a legend. 

It’s a story about 3 powerful brothers that formed a brotherhood.

  • Yellow Lion (Lui Bei - the oldest brother) is auspicious lion 吉祥, the lion of Wisdom

  • Red Lion (Guan Gong - the second brother) is awakened Lion 驚醒, the Lion of War.

  • Black Lion (Cheung Fei - the youngest brother) is the fighting lion 戰鬥.


Nowadays, the lion dance is not only limited to yellow, red and black colours. Performers are allowed to choose other bright colours for their lions. For example, silver coloured and golden coloured lions. I also saw juicy pink and lemon green lions.


🎨 The appearance of Chinese lion is a collective in its nature. It comes from different creatures. 

  • The eyes are from the Phoenix. Therefore, they symbolise virtue.

  • Large protruding forehead and beard are from the Dragon. Therefore, they symbolise intelligence.

  • A broad head that looks like the shell of a turtle symbolises wisdom and longevity.

  • The white sharp teeth are from the Tiger. They symbolise strength and courage.


Most importantly, the lion dance is the performance that aims to connect people, to foster teamwork, to encourage leadership and to develop strong community ties.  


The Lion Dance is not to be confused with the Dragon Dance that I’m going to tell you about in next story 💁🏻 

Anna Salenko
Life paining in Affordable art fair, Hong Kong may 16-19. 2019

Please have a look at the photos taken during the recent AAF exhibition held in Hong Kong. I was invited to participate in the fair to create paintings in real-time mode and share my experience.

During the fair I painted one of the most remarkable places and things to see in Hong Kong. For example, the streets with trams and the busy Wan Chai district. 

The next day of the fair I decided to devote to the Victoria’s harbour and the junk sails that can be seen there. The contrast between the red and blue colours encouraged me to use my imagination so that I could make the picture as attractive and interesting for an observer as possible. 


The last day of Fair I spent painting the Chinese Lion dance scene. I painted 3 lions on the 80x80 cm canvas. While I was painting the picture, a couple came up and paid close attention to the process of my work. They liked the painting so much that they decided to buy it as a gift for themselves for their 28th wedding anniversary. 

They told me that the colours I used in my painting allowed them to feel happiness and passion. They bought the painting right after it was finished. I believe it’s great when you had a chance to see how the painting you buy for yourself was created step by step. This way the painting will awaken more emotions in your heart. Once the oils completely dry (3-4 weeks), you can hang the painting on the wall you chose for it. 


I wish to take part in the AAF next year to continue sharing my works with people and bring them happiness. 

Anna Salenko
Old Hong Kong

Today I´ve visited a beautiful place – a studio furnished in old Hong Kong style.

The design of the rooms allowed me to plunge into the atmosphere of the 50-es of the past century. 

I love learning more about the history of different cities. That’s why I really liked the time I spent in that place. I was impressed by the way the studio looks. I paid special attention to (antique) original items of furniture that added to the atmosphere of the days long gone. 


I felt like a girl who was offered a unique opportunity to travel back in time. I spent some time making sketches of the scenes I liked particularly. 

I dressed in the silk traditional cheongsam dress with pearl earring. I also drew a number of still life scenes sketches. I plan to use them to create a new series of pictures. 


I spent all my day enjoying the atmosphere of old Hong Kong. I have a number of photos to remind me of the day, the unique atmosphere and the way I felt there. These memories will stay with me forever. 

Anna Salenko
Hong Kong signature junk boats

One of the scenes I like to paint most of all is the scene showing a historic red sail boat flowing in the harbour of the city. 


I love to create colourful pictures. In this particular picture I create contrast between the blue skyline of the city and the red-brown color of the ship. When painting my pictures, I also try to show both old, traditional buildings and objects as reference to history and modern buildings. This is the way for me to connect my paintings to past and future at one and the same time. 

I’ve found a piece of information that I want to share with you. I think it may be interesting for you. 


🎨 Junk boat is a type of ancient Chinese sailing ship, that is still in use today. 

The term junk ✏️ may be used to cover many kinds of boat—ocean-going, cargo-carrying, adventures or houseboats. 

🎨 Originally junk boat, is most commonly used for trade in China as well as in other parts of Southeast Asia.

🎨 Junks first appeared in China during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD)

🎨 Classic junks were built of softwoods. 

🎨 Junk ships with crimson masts are an iconic part of Hong Kong’s Victoria harbour. They have been used in China for fishing and trading purposes as well as during the wartimes since at least the second century. 

Built from lightweight woods, with flat bottoms and bamboo-slatted masts, the junk epitomises Chinese shipbuilding techniques. 

How can we see the boats nowadays:  we can sail in Hong Kong on board of Aqua Luna or its newer and bigger vessel, Aqua Luna II  https://www.aqualuna.com.hk   Also there is DukLing ship from 1955, the old iconic red sail ship.  https://www.dukling.com.hk

How can we see the boats nowadays:

we can sail in Hong Kong on board of Aqua Luna or its newer and bigger vessel, Aqua Luna II https://www.aqualuna.com.hk

Also there is DukLing ship from 1955, the old iconic red sail ship. https://www.dukling.com.hk

🎨 Why Do Hong Kong’s Traditional Junk Boats Have Red Sails?

First let me tell you why they seem to be so big.

  • In order to sail, the ships need to catch as much wind as possible.

Before the introduction of cloth and canvas, junk sails were originally made from mats of woven grass or bamboo. But It was inconvenient during the bad weather. It was impossible to detect any possible damage that may have occurred during bad weather due to strong wind or rain.  

The reddish-brown color of the traditional junk sail is a result of an additive, that’s known as “tanbark.” The woven grass (that was later replaced by canvas) sails were “tanned” to protect them from various harmful elements. They were dipped in tannins extracted from the bark of oak trees. This “tanbark” had been ground down into a rich red-brown powder so that to extract as much tannin as possible. It is exactly the powder that gave the sails their characteristic color 💁🏻

Me travelling on Aqua Luna II

Me travelling on Aqua Luna II

Anna Salenko

🎨 Dragon dance is another traditional dance in Chinese culture. Like the Lion Dance, it most often takes place during festive celebrations. 

🎨 While there are 2 people inside the lion, as for the dragon the performers operate a long figure of a creature using poles that are positioned along the length of the dragon.

Chinese dragons are believed to bring luck and possess qualities like dignity, wisdom and fertility.

Chinese dragons are believed to bring luck and possess qualities like dignity, wisdom and fertility.

The appearance of a dragon you can see during the performance is quite fearsome. That’s understandable since in the past it served as a representation of imperial authority. The movements made by the dragons during the performance traditionally symbolise their respective roles and demonstrate their power and dignity. 


🎨 Performed for over 100 years, Mid Autumn Festival celebrations in Hong Kong include the Fire Dragon Dance in Tai Hang. The dragon can measure up to 70 metres in length with thousands of burning sticks 💁🏻

Anna Salenko
01.10.2018 Exhibition

Hello, everyone. Today is the first day of the exhibition carried out as part of the Art of Germany event. The event is organised by 2 countries – Germany and China. I was invited to take part in the exhibition. (I’m honoured that I was given such an opportunity!) I want to thank the Admire Art Gallery for the help in the organisation this exhibition. 

You’re welcome to visit the exhibition. It’s open from the 1stand up to the 10thOctober 2018. Address: Onelink Walk, 230-232, Tianhe Road.



In total, I’ve chosen 2 big paintings to present to the audience at the exhibition. The first one is the painting of the 19thcentury Neuschwanstein Castle that is considered to be a popular place of interest. When creating the picture, I tried to use as many bright colors as possible. (That’s just my style of painting pictures. I always use lots of different bright colors in my pictures) I tried to create an atmosphere of an early autumn. 

The second big picture I displayed at the exhibition is the picture called “A walk in Rottenburg”. The picture depicts the scene that I saw while walking the streets of the city. It’s summertime. People are walking the street to het to the nearest café where they can have their lunch. I did my best to depict the buildings that have this typical German-style architecture. 



I’ve also decided to put 2 series of square paintings on display. (One series of small square paintings and one series of the paintings that are a bit bigger) The pictures are presented together as joined-up pictures (4 pieces at a time). These beautiful, bright pictures looked great on the background of the white wall (helped to create a contrast and to attract more attention to the pictures). 


I also choose a number of middle-sized paintings to present at the exhibition. The paintings tell the story of an old street in Germany. In order to paint the pictures as close to life as possible, I paid close attention to the style of the old houses one can see when in Germany. 


That’s all I wanted to share with you today. I’ll post again soon. Bye. 

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Anna Salenko
Happy Chinese holidays

The festival that takes place every year in the middle of autumn is one of the times when one can feel a holiday-like atmosphere in China. 

The festival has long since become a tradition. This is the time when families and friends meet to spend time together and eat moon cakes. . 

Here is my collection of paintings devoted to the Happy Holidays in China. 




1. The first painting shows a beautiful place of interest in Beijing called “Forbidden city”. When I saw the place with my own eyes, I immediately understood that I have to create a picture of it. It’s amazing. This is the largest palace complex in the world that once as an imperial palace. Nowadays, it’s known as the Palace Museum.



I love painting lanterns. (I hope one day I’ll get a chance to have an exhibition devoted entirely to the pictures of lanterns) Lantern is a common holiday decoration in China. I used lots of red and orange colors while painting the picture so that to make them look as close to life as possible.


Atmosphere of a Holiday

The last painting shows one of the China streets in New Year. There are LOTS of lanterns hanging from the roofs of the buildings. The biggest one of them is the triangular lantern that has a Chinese character written on it. (Actually, the character stands for “Happiness”)

Anna Salenko
Travelling to the islands

It’s time to feel the holiday atmosphere.

I have made small square paintings, dedicated to the travelling. You can simply combine. them together with 3-4 paintings.


Anna Salenko