The Lions are often invited to welcome a VIP or guest of honor at a banquet or meeting. When the drum or gongs start playing, it signals the approach of the VIP. The lion dance performance begins when the VIP alights from his car or appears at the front gate.
The lions accompany the VIP from the arrival point to the VIP table or the stage. Such welcome ceremonies are used in both traditional occasions as well as by corporations to give foreign visitors an interesting and unique experience.