In May 2014, the recently-developed Chinese version of the Bristol shubunkin was seen in the goldfish market in Hong Kong. Some while ago, there was a gift or an exchange of Bristol shubunkin spawn with breeders in Japan (where the fish is known as the sierironisiki), and the fish have subsequently reached China.
The bodies are not as deep and the angle of the tail is less upright, compared with the Bristol shubunkin; in fact the fish resemble comets with the wide, round-ended tail lobes of the Bristol shubunkin. The colour of the calico fish is mostly speckled red and black, with an apparent absence of the highly-prized pale blue background. In addition, there are some bronze metallic fish, and these have more upright tails.
The metallic Chinese fish are reminiscent of the GSGB imperial goldfish, but without the deep body or the ornamental colouration as yet.
Above are some photographs of the bronze fish, taken in early June 2014; the calico fish were in a ground-level tank and nigh on impossible to photograph.
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