Chinese dragons are virtual creatures, a root of Chinese people who considered themselves as the descendents of dragon. Since their creation, Chinese dragons have won the deep love from Chinese people whether in ancient times or in modern times, because their strong power and symbolic meanings. They play an important role in the history of Chinese nation, politics, religion, culture and Chinese language, blend into people’s beliefs and lives and become a symbol of China and Chinese people.
Dragon is a totem of Chinese nation, a symbol of China, and a golden Chinese element; when a person hear the name of dragon, China will come to his or her mind. Dragon is a benevolent sign, which shows everything good. As the strongest animal selected by Chinese people, dragon has the strongest power which helps it go to the Heaven and the Hell, and make cloud and rains; since it has been bestowed with great powers, dragon is deified by and sacred to Chinese people who create lots of legendary myths about the mighty dragons. The importance of dragon to Chinese people is like water to creatures, and it is much reflected in people’s spirit, beliefs, and ideology; in ancient times, as a belief, it give strong supports to the ruling of a big nation, and to people’s fragile spirits and miserable life because people suffer extreme natural disasters and lack of the supports from science.
To the physical appearance of Chinese dragons, there may be different sayings in historical records. As virtual creatures, their information like appearance and power may be changed and improved with people’s imagination. But generate information can be searched out: they have beards, long horns, scale, tail and claws, but no wings, and have different colors as their categories differentiate: yellow, red, white, black, and azure; they are bestowed with great powers like flying, swimming, summoning wind and rain, breathing fire; dragon has nines sons: Qiuniu, Yazi, Chaofeng, Pulao, Suanni Bixi, Bi’an Fuxi and Chiwen; and they are a symbol of power, authority, nobleness, good luck, and success.
Beijing, Dengfeng Shaolin Temple, Luoyang, Xian, Mt. Wudang, Wuhan, Shanghai
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Shanghai, Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Beijing
Beijing, Datong, Pingyao, Xian, Shanghai, Tongli Water Town, Suzhou
Beijing, Xian, Shanghai
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Beijing, Datong, Pingyao, Xian, Shanghai