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The Chinese Dragons or Long are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and folklore, as well as in East Asian culture in general. East Asian dragons have many zoomorphic forms such as turtles or fish, but are usually depicted as serpentine creatures with four legs. They traditionally symbolize powerful and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rain, typhoons and floods. The dragon is a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for those worthy of it in Eastern culture. During the imperial china era, the emperor of china used to use the dragon as a symbol of the imperial power and strength of him.

Chinese Dragon Picture

In Chinese culture, outstanding and excellent people are compared to a dragon, while incapable people without achievement are compared to other despised creatures, such as a worm. Various Chinese proverbs and phrases feature mentions of the dragon, such as "Hoping for one's child to become a dragon" (Simplified Chinese: 望子成龙; Traditional Chinese: 朢子成龍; pinyin: wàng zǐ chéng lóng)

Symbolic value[]

The Longs

Historically, the East Asian dragon was associated with the emperor of China and used as a symbol to represent imperial power. The founder of the Han dynasty, Liu Bang, claimed that he was conceived when his mother dreamed of a dragon. During the Tang dynasty, emperors wore dragon-patterned robes as an imperial symbol, with high officials wearing dragon robes. In the Yuan dynasty, the two-horned five-clawed dragon was designated for the sole use of the Son of Heaven or the Emperor, while the four-clawed dragons were designated for use by princes and nobles. Similarly, during the Ming and Qing dynasties, the five-clawed dragon was reserved exclusively for the use of the emperor. The dragon in Qing appearance appeared on the first Chinese national flag.

The dragon is used in the West as the national emblem of China, although it is not normally seen in the People's Republic of China or the Republic of China. Instead, it is generally used as a symbol of culture. In Hong Kong, the dragon was a component of the shield under British rule. It would later become a Hong Kong brand design, a government promotional symbol.

The Chinese dragon has very different connotations than the European Dragon - in European cultures, the dragon is a fire-breathing creature with aggressive connotations, while the Chinese dragon is a spiritual and cultural symbol representing prosperity and prosperity. good luck, as well as a rain deity that brings harmony. It was reported that the Chinese government objected to using the dragon as its official mascot for the 2008 Summer Olympics because of its aggressive connotations of China, choosing more "friendly" symbols.

Chinese people sometimes use the term "Descendants of the Dragon" (Simplified Chinese: 龙的传人; Traditional Chinese: 龍的傳人) as a symbol of ethnic identity, as part of a fashion started in the 1970s when different Asian nationalities were looking for animal symbols as representations, such as, for example, the wolf being used by the Mongols for being considered their legendary ancestor.

State symbol[]

The dragon was the symbol of the Chinese emperor for many dynasties. During the Qing dynasty, the Azure Dragon was displayed on the first Chinese national flag. It was shown again in the national emblem of the Twelve Symbols, which was used during the Republic of China, from 1913 to 1928.


The ancient Chinese identified themselves as "the descendants of the dragon" because the Chinese dragon is an imaginary reptile that represents the evolution of the ancestors and qi energy. The presence of dragons in Chinese culture dates back several thousand years with the discovery of a dragon statue dated to the 5th millennium BC. from the Yangshao culture in Henan in 1987, and scroll-shaped jade rank medals have been excavated from the Hongshan culture c. 4700-2900 B.C. Some of the oldest dragon artifacts are the pig dragon carvings from the Hongshan culture.

The coiled dragon or serpent form plays an important role in ancient Chinese culture. The character for "dragon" in the earliest Chinese script had a similar coiled shape.