Chinese Dragons

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Dragons are known as Lung, based off the ancient Indiana Nagas. Nagas were considered semi-divine dragon-like beings. They had human faces and a snake’s tale known to occupy the bodies of water under the Earth. They were categorized into four groups: heavenly, divine, earthly, and hidden. These groups were determined by their function. Some guarded heaven, others made it rain, while even others drained the rivers or guarded treasures. Nagas contained features from the dragon, snake, and crocodile.

The Chinese dragon is made up of many different types of animals on Earth. The dragon is said to have the head of a camel, 117 fish scales of the carp, deer horns, rabbit eyes, ears of a bull, the neck of a snake, stomach of a clam, paws of a tiger, and claws like an eagle.

Like the Naga, there are four types of Chinese Dragons. These include the Celestial, Spiritual, Earth, and Underworld dragons. The Celestrial Dragon is said to protect the Gods and palaces in which the God’s live. The Spiritual Dragon controls the rain and wind. The Earth Dragon is in charge of all the water and rivers on the Earth and the Underworld Dragon guards all the precious gemstones and metals.

The Chinese Dragon is considered to be the most popular spiritual animals today. It is essential to Chinese culture. The Dragon often symbolizes strength and power and is a symbol the emperors of China used in their clothing and furniture.

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Chinese Dragon Festival at London Primary School

Filed under: Chinese Culture and Traditions,Chinese Dragon - 09 Jul 2013  | Spread the word !

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The Chinese Dragon is so famous and popular that even children have heard of it and, what’s more, seem to be fascinated by this iconic Chinese symbol. A recent carnival thrown by children at Highlands Primary School in London stands to prove that.

Wanstead Park, where the school is located, transformed into a riot of joy and color after hundreds of children performed with costumes, instruments, masks and, of course, a colorful Chinese dragon. The kids paraded from the school, in Highlands Gardens, to the park.


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Naturally, the carnival was centered around a story created by the children. The fete saw children taking in countries around the globe to illustrate UNICEF’s children’s rights. The story behind the carnival was of two friends who traveled through a portal around the world and had different adventures in every place they visited.

Each class at the school was designated to represent a different costumes. For the representation, the classes used elaborate costumes created right at school. Then, the kids performed a national dance – including street dance, samba from Brazil, and Russian folk dancing. The renowned Chinese dragon dance didn’t miss, either.


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Organizer Sandy Kaur said both parents and children had a wonderful day. “It was a huge success and there was so much positive feeling”, she added.

This kind of initiative is not only fun and exciting for parents, children and teachers alike, but is also very educational. Given the theme of the carnival, all pupils had the chance to learn about different countries of the planet and their culture, traditions and iconic symbols.


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The Chinese dragon was clearly a great attraction, since children of all ages seem to be fascinated with these creature. Not to mention that the kids had the chance to design their own costumes and be part of the whole carnival process. What a great initiative!

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Interesting Facts About The Chinese Dragon

Filed under: Chinese Dragon - 18 Jun 2013  | Spread the word !

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Dragons have always been regarded to as fascinating animals, no matter if we are referring to European or Chinese culture. Dragons are part of the Chinese culture, but they exist in the Western world, as well. Where did dragons come from? No one really knows which is the origin of these animals.


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  • When it comes to appearance, the Chinese dragon looks like a combination of more than one animal. This dragon has a little something from reptiles, snakes, but also lizards and alligators.
  • Dragons have always been extremely important in Chinese culture. They are mythological creatures, the symbol of Chinese emperors.
  • In Chinese culture, dragons are considered to be strong and intelligent creatures, able to bring good fortune.
  • They were used as symbols of political leaders, as well as warriors.
  • Chinese dragons are able to burn anything on their way, but still they are associated with bodies of water, including the East China Sea.
  • In Chinese mythology, dragons are considered to be yang, while phoenix is yin. While the dragon is extremely powerful, the phoenix is gentle and graceful.
  • The dragon is one of the 12 animals of the zodiac.
  • People born in the Year of the Dragon are considered to be great leaders. However, they can also be tactless and arrogant.
  • Chinese dragons have always been associated with the number 9.
  • Chinese dragons are usually featured in sculptures and paintings.
  • The dragon is worshiped as a holy creature in many regions of China.


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There are numerous stories about the Chinese dragon. The symbol of the dragon is extremely important in Chinese culture. It is featured as an important part of all Chinese Festivals. For instance, the dragon dance has become widely known as part of the Song Dynasty. Another famous festival featuring this symbol is the Dragon Boat Festival.

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The Chinese Dragon And His History

Filed under: Chinese Culture and Traditions - 13 May 2013  | Spread the word !

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Numerous myths have been associated to the Chinese Dragon throughout the years. Some individuals claim that the Chinese Dragon is a symbol of evil, but this is only a misconception. For instance, in mythology the Chinese dragon was thought to abduct maidens, stealing gold and destroying villages. In medieval world, the dragon was a symbol of Satan incarnate. On the other hand, in China and Japan, the dragon is considered to be a mythological creature.


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Dragons remain nowadays the most famous mythological creatures in the world. Thought to be evil creatures in Europe, dragons are worshiped in China, being a symbol of strength and power. The Chinese mythology associates 9 important characteristics to dragons. They are listed below:

1. The Chinese Dragon has a head similar to the one of a camel.
2. This animal scales like a fish.
3. The dragon has the ability to horn, just like a dear.
4. The eyes of the Chinese dragon are like a stealth.
5. This animal has ears like an ox.
6. The neck of the Chinese dragon is like a snake, which makes this animal quite scary.
7. His stomach is similar to an oyster.
8. The dragon has soles of his feet like a tiger.
9. He also has paws like a hawk.


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So, in Chinese mythology, the animal is described as having 9 characteristics, which actually are a combination of other creatures. There are four main types of dragons in Chinese literature. They include:

  • Tien Lung, also known as the Sky Dragon, is known to be the species of dragons that guarded the palace of the gods.
  • Shen Lung, known as the Spiritual Dragon, too, had a special power, the one to control wind and rain.
  • Ti Lung, or the Earth Dragon, is known to have powers over water, at least on the surface of the earth.
  • Fucang Lung or Treasure Dragon underworld, is the dragon that guarded treasures.

The Emperor, as presented in Chinese mythology, was not a normal dragon. His symbol cannot be used, unless such an honor is worth. These are highly respected creatures in China, but not only.


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Chinese mythology says that dragons have immense powers. They are able to control rain, rivers, lakes, seas and of course, fire. Divine mythical creatures, dragons are believed to have been so wise that they were able to counsel royalties. Everything that can be connected in a way or another to Dragons is blessed, at least this has been thought to be true in Chinese history.

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Make Your Own Chinese Dragon

Filed under: Chinese Dragon - 30 Apr 2013  | Spread the word !

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Historically, the Chinese dragon was the symbol of the Emperor of China. This legendary creature is a very important symbol in Chinese mythology and folklore, being known to the world especially due to the Chinese dragon dance that happens on new year’s eve. Chinese dragons are typically portrayed as long, scaled, serpentine creatures with four legs. If you want to learn how to make a brightly colored Chinese dragon on your own, check out the steps below. The dragon’s flexible body will move up and down just like the real thing. Remember to give it a friendly face, because Chinese dragons are not fierce fire-breathing creatures.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 2 strips of red and yellow or orange paper (75 cm long and 3 cm wide);
  • orange and green card;
  • yellow, white, red and orange paper;
  • a pencil;
  • sequins;
  • glue;
  • scissors.

Here is what you have to do.

  • Cut out the dragon’s head shape from an 8cm by 8cm square of red paper.

  • Cut an 8cm by 3cm rectangle from a piece of green paper and snip wavy lines almost to the full length to make the dragon’s beard. Glue the beard to the back of the chin of the dragon’s head.

  • Make the teeth from white paper and stick them just above the beard. Cut out two eye shapes also from the white paper and glue them on together with further shapes, as in the picture, to decorate the dragon’s head. Add sequins for eyes and nostrils.

  • Glue the ends of the two long strips of red and yellow paper together at right angles.

  • Make a concertina body for the dragon by folding the bottom strip over the top strip and then the top strip over the bottom strip repeatedly. Make sure you glue the ends together well.

  • Glue the dragon’s head to the body.

  • Cut some narrow strips of red and yellow paper for the tail. Curl these carefully between your thumb and some rounded scissors and glue them to the end of the dragon.

And there you have it! By following these simple steps, you will have your own personal Chinese dragon you can wave around at parties or in the park. It will take you little time and resources to make it, so get to work!

Image source: Top Marks

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The Chinese Dragon Dance

Filed under: Chinese Culture and Traditions,Chinese Dragon - 19 Mar 2013  | Spread the word !

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The dragon dance is a form of traditional dance and performance characteristic to the Chinese culture, being mostly seen in festive celebrations. Many Chinese people use the term “Descendants of the Dragon” as a sign of ethnic identity, as part of a trend that originated in the 1970s. Another derivation is from the descendants of Shennong, the legendary first king of the Chinese people, who taught them the foundations of civilization, agriculture, law and medicine.


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The dance is performed in teams who mimic the supposed movements of this river spirit in a sinuous, undulating way. The skilled team must bring the motionless body to life. Traditionally, the movements in a performance represent historical roles of dragons demonstrating power and dignity. The dragon dance is a highlight of the Chinese New Year celebrations in particular, which are held worldwide in Chinatowns around the globe.

In the Chinese culture, dragons are thought to bring good luck and prosperity to people, which is reflected in their qualities. These include great power, fertility, wisdom, dignity, and auspiciousness. The appearance of a dragon is both bold and frightening, but it has a benevolent disposition. Therefore, the dragon eventually became a symbol to represent imperial authority.

In the performances, the dragon itself is a long serpent shaped body on poles, assembled by joining the series of hoops on each section and attaching the ornamental head and tall pieces at the ends. Traditionally, dragons were constructed of wood, with bamboo hoops on the inside and covered with a rich fabric. In the modern era, though the wood and heavy metal have been replaced by lighter materials such as aluminum and plastics.


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The Chinese Dragon Parade, which concludes every Chinese New Year Parade, is customarily performed along with Lion Dancers, acrobats, kung fu masters, drums, and horns, all ending in a burst of firecrackers. It is quite a show!

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The Fascination with the Chinese Dragon

Filed under: Chinese Dragon - 17 Dec 2012  | Spread the word !

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The Chinese dragon is one of the most popular and powerful symbols not just in China, but the entire world. It was consecrated in the earliest religion of the Chinese people as an emblem of guardianship and vigilance. Back in antiquity, the Chinese dragon was considered to be a most sacred animal and was also the imperial emblem of Chinese emperors.

Even though Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology, art and folklore, their popularity has spread throughout the entire world. The people’s fascination with the Chinese dragon has inspired legends, myths, movies and novels. This symbol also led to the customization of a large variety of objects that people use on a daily basis.

By browsing the site dinodirect.com, you will come across numerous items that bear the Chinese dragon symbol. This is the best proof of the people’s fascination with it. When searching for the term “Chinese dragon”, a wide array of results will come up. It all depends on what you are interested in, but you will surely find many customized items.

These include cigarette lighters of all shapes and sizes, which make perfect gifts. If you know someone who is passionate about the Chinese mythology and its dragons, then you will surely impress them by giving them such an inspired present.

The Chinese dragon is also present in the clothing industry. On dinodirect.com, not only will you find jackets, pajamas, slippers, and suits, but also fabrics patterned with the dragon, such as silk and brocade. These will help you create your own designs. You will even find suits for your dog!

Children are not forgotten, either. Everyone knows that kids are particularly amazed by dragons and other legendary creatures of the kind. If you are planning a party for your kid, do not forget about the holiday party Chinese dragon flannel cosplay hat on dinodirect.com.

Moreover, there are many customized items that would make awesome presents. Here are some examples:

- teapots
- pocket watches
- figurines
- phone covers and cases
- car stickers and decorations
- temporary tattoos
- pendants
- USB flash memory drive sticks
- jewelry boxes

…and the list can go own. So, if you are one of the many people fascinated with the Chinese dragon, do not hesitate in checking out dinodirect.com. You will be impressed with the variety of items customized with the Chinese dragon on this site!

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Shanghai Girls

Filed under: Books - 10 Oct 2012  | Spread the word !

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If Chinese culture is one of your passions, you need to read Shanghai Girls, a beautiful novel written by an American author with Chinese roots, Lisa See. 

The book is divided in three parts, each with a certain name: Fate, Fortune and Destiny. In each of these parts, there are several chapters, all with titles that emphasize what happens in the story of Pearl and May, the two sisters who are the main characters of Shanghai Girls. Born rich and used to have everything, the two girls are shocked when they learn their parents will marry them with boys they chose without them knowing. Although they accept the arranged marriages, the sisters set a different plan from the one the family of their husbands have. They should shortly after the marriage follow their men in the United States of America, but they refuse to do it. When the war begins in China and it reaches the area of Shanghai and their father disappears, the girls and their mother, who secretly kept the tickets for the United States, run away together hoping to actually get to America. The drama unfolds as Pearl is repeatedly raped and beaten and their mother dies. The two sisters finally manage to board a ship heading to the States, but they are stopped on Angel Island because their stories don’t make sense to officials. At some point, May admits she is pregnant, but not with her husbands and together they decide to pass the newborn as Pearl’s. After the birth, they clear their legal situation and they leave Angel Island for Los Angeles to move in the home of their mother and father in law, as they are married to brothers. Unfortunately, nobody expects Pearl and May with their arms open.

In order to write this wonderful story about the two Chinese sister, Lisa See was helped by her Chinese American family. The author herself grew up in Los Angeles Chinatown and China was always fascinating for her. If you want to find see her speaking about the book, you should watch the video bellow in which the bestselling author offers some insights too.

You can buy the book online, but if you already read it, you can think about reading the next book, the sequel of Shanghai Girls, named Dreams of Joy.

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Dragons- A Symbol For China

Filed under: Chinese Dragon - 06 Sep 2012  | Spread the word !

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Dragons occupy a very important position in Chinese mythology. The Chinese dragon shows up in literature, poetry, songs, but also in architecture and in many other aspects of the Chinese conscience.

Related to architecture, dragons were an important emblem for Imperial China and were used on Imperial architecture, mainly on the Imperial Palaces. The Chinese dragon could be found almost anywhere: on the beams and pillars, but also on the roofs.


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 Dragons were totems of Chinese people and they represented emperors and their wives. They were a symbol for a high social status, treasures, authority, emperor and empress.

People believed that seeing the dragon was like seeing the emperor and the empress. Even the daily clothing and articles of emperors and their consorts were decorated with dragons. Actually, almost all the things related to the emperor or his empress were preceded by the word “dragon” such as: “dragon robe” for the emperor’s ceremonial dress, “dragon seat” for the throne and so on.


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The throne hall was supported by columns decorated with gold dragons and the screen walls displayed them in vivid and brilliant colours. In addition, the central ramps were paved with slabs carved in relief with dragons.

 


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Under the Qing Dynasty, the flag of China featured a huge dragon. The earliest stamps put out by this country were named “dragon-heads” as their design featured a dragon.

Today, dragons are still a symbol for China and they are used for many Chinese abroad exhibitions or on the cover designs of books on China printed by foreign publishers.


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Drawing of this imaginary animal can be traced to primitive society and prehistoric tribes when it was adapted as a totem and a god.There are also many legends that describe the dragon as a miraculous animal with long beards and fish scales. Later, it acquired the mane of the horse, the claws of the eagle and the antlers of the deer, which are the distinctive features of other important creatures.

The Chinese dragon served also as a metaphor in art and literature for honest people and of rare talent, but also for happy marriage and matrimonial harmony. Even today, after such a long time, dragon boats, dragon lanterns are still very popular on various Chinese festivals.

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The Symbols Of The Chinese Dragon

Filed under: Chinese Dragon - 05 Jul 2012  | Spread the word !

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The Chinese Dragon is one of the most important symbols in China, its legend being popular for many years. A dragon is a mythical creature in Chinese folklore and mythology, being portrayed as a long and serpentine creature with four legs. Chinese even proclaim themselves the descendants of the dragon. Even if such mythical creatures look awkward, in China they bring prosperity, good fortune and abundance, so they have a positive influence and meaning. The legend of the dragon shaped the Chinese culture until today and it takes us back to the ancient Chinese civilisation. In comparison with Western dragons, most Eastern dragons are friendly, nice and also wise, so the cultural clash in this case is huge. This dragon symbolises valiancy, boldness excellence, as well as nobility, divinity, heroism, assiduity and is perceived as being energetic, ambitious, intelligent, as well as decisive and ambitious. Briefly, dragons are also called the angels of the Orient as they symbolise so many positive things.

They are worshipped and many temples and shrines have been built in their honour. Additionally, these mythical creatures have the power to control rivers, the rain, lakes and seas and even today, there are many Chinese cities where people burn incense and pray to dragons. The meaning of them is so important that there are places where people can stop and pray to dragons to help them solve their problems. In China, people believe that emperors had dragon ancestors, so this is why these leaders were decorated with dragons and were also described in terms of the dragons, calling an emperor dragon-face, being a wonderful compliment, so everything that is connected with dragons has a positive meaning.

The Chinese Dragon is also the symbol of Mother Nature, which is the most important divine force on Earth. In addition, the Chinese Dragon means vigilance, divine protection and is seen as the Supreme Being across all creatures as is able to live in the seas, in the form of mountains, it can also fly up to the heavens and it also protects people against evil spirits. The Year of the Dragon is also a lucky one and an important event, astrologers claiming that those who were born during Dragon Year will be lucky, healthy, wealthy and will live a long life.

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The Legend of the Chinese Dragon

Filed under: General Information - 12 Jun 2012  | Spread the word !

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The Chinese Dragon has a colourful history. The emblem of guardianship and vigilance, it was consecrated in the earliest religion of the Chinese people. In ancient days, the dragon was regarded as a sacred animal, and used to be the imperial emblem of Chinese emperors. It is the first of the four Divine Creatures to Chinese, the others being the unicorn, the phoenix, and the tortoise. Unlike the evil dragon the West, the Chinese Dragon is a beneficent and gracious creature and is worshipped as the divine ruler of Lakes, Rivers and Seas. It is the powerful yet gentle Loong that brings rain to the earth, hasten the crops and cools the toiling framer. It is one of the most popular of Chinese art motifs, being sculptured on stone pillars of Chinese temples and embroidered on beautiful gold and silk tapestries.

As imagined by the Chinese people, the dragon is a combination of more than one animals. The dragon has the head of a camel, the horns of a deer, fiery eyes and a long beard. Its ears are like those of a cow, its paw like the tiger’s and its claws sharp like and eagle’s. Its neck is serpentine. It has the belly of a frog and the scales of a carp. The Dragon first appeared in the sky, legend tells us, while an heir to the throne was born, and the country was blessed with peace and prosperity for many generations thereafter.

In the parades the Chinese people have on New Year’s, the dragon performs its gyrations in pursuits of a costumed figure who holds aloft a pole with a ball on the end called the Precious Pearl. The creature’s movement and tempo are controlled by this leader who manipulated the pearl according to plan, accompanied by drums and gongs. It is a wonderful celebration which cannot be missed. According to the Chinese calendar, the Chinese dragon is the animal for those who were born on this year and 12 years before or afterwards. The year you were born is believed to influence your personality. Thus, for the dragons, they are soft hearted, healthy, respected, energetic and eccentric. People who are born under the sign of Dragon, will give into love, but will not give up their independence. Because they have quick, sometimes vengeful tempers, their partners need to be tough skinned.

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