Chinese Dragons

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.

Chinese Dragon Festival at London Primary School

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!

Interesting Facts About The Chinese Dragon

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.

The Chinese Dragon And His History

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.