1. What do Chinese dragons look like?
Chinese Dragon, we call it "Long" in Chinese, is a special creature.
that dragons are one kind of the animals which were created according to the forms of cloud
and the sound of thunder.
It has the head of a camel, horns of a deer, eyes of a rabbit or demon , scales of a
carp, paws of a tiger, and claws of an eagle. Besides, it has whiskers, a
bright jewel under its chin, which enables it to fly to Heaven. This is a
general description of Chinese dragons. The breath of the Dragon changes
into either rain or fire. It is able to expand or contract its body, and
in addition it has the power of transformation and invisibility.
ancient Chinese Emperor Yao was said to be the son of a dragon
many rulers in Chinese were metaphorically referred to as the
representative of dragons."
Chinese people often use dragon image. For instance, Chinese use dragons
construction decoration. On holidays, there are dragon dance performances.
It's believed that the
dragon governs the water in the
folklore, incurs the cloud to rain, and also can surrender the evil.
Chinese people believe that dragons are male and their couples, phoenixes,
are female. So the wife of the Chinese emperor is the representative of
Here is the picture of
Chinese dragon, which explains what animals its body look like.
Chinese dragons share the similar body features, they still have different
colors or different body shapes (e.g.: horns) based on their types
and their ages. Here we have some pictures of different Chinese dragons.
The types of Chinese dragons
to Chinese legends, there are many kinds of dragons in Chinese. And they all
have different kinds of powers and live in different places. Among them, there
are several famous Chinese dragons:
Celestial Dragon (Tien-lung)
Celestial Dragon protects the places of the Gods and it is the ruler of dragons.
It protects the heavens, where the gods live. Only the Celestial Dragon have 5 claws. All
other dragons have only 3 or 4.
Spiritual Dragon (Shen-Lung)
Spiritual Dragon controls the wind and the rain. It always float across the
sky, blue in color. The Chinese had to carefully appease and worship the
because if the Spiritual Dragon was angry or neglectful, disasters would come to the
The Earth Dragon (Di-Lung)
Earth Dragon controls rivers, and water on the Earth. It controls the flow and
maintains the river banks. Every river in China had it's own local
dragon king. And they rule the waters from a palace far below the surface.
The Underworld Dragon (Fut's Lung)
The Underworld Dragon guards precious metals and gems buried in the earth. Each
of these dragons bear an big magic pearl that can multiply whatever it touched,
and the pearl represent "wisdom."
In Chinese palace or the Chinese- style memorials, sometimes we can see
dragon-head scuppers on the foot of the walls. This is because people believe
dragons control water and they hope the dragon-head scuppers can help their
drainage system work better. So nowadays, faucets, in Chinese, are called "Shui
Long Tou" which means "Water Dragon's Head."