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                                                               The Chinese Dragon

The dragon is one of the most popular themes in China, which does not exist in the world at all. According to archaeologists’ conclusion, Chinese emperors thought they were the real dragons so they must wear clothes with dragon patterns in yellow color from birth to die. There also exits an old say that emperor riding a dragon to heaven after he died. Since it has been at least 6,000 years since dragon came into being, the dragon is believed as the symbol of Chinese culture. In fact, the Chinese consider themselves as descendants of the dragon, and of course, they are proud of being the generation of the dragon.


In tradition legends there are special dragons who are the guardians of China. Each dragon lives and guards stuff in China. There are metal dragons that protect jeweler. Next water dragons live in the water and protect China's sea monsters. Fire dragons protect fires and blow the fires out to keep China safe. Moreover, in the fairy tales, dragon is full of magic and power to changing its color and shape. They can turn into water, fire... even become invisible. The image of the dragon has undergone a series of changes centuries by centuries. The original illustration on primitive bronze ware portrays it as ferocious and mysterious; in the Han Dynasty (206BC - 220).  


In TV Shows, dragons are described visually as a combination different of animals with which people were familiar. It has tiger's eyes as a sign of power; eagle's claws showing bravery; while a fish's tail implies flexibility and the horse's teeth are a mark of diligence. A dragon has a protruding forehead indicating wisdom and antlers signifying longevity.


PINGPING YANG