The life circle of a Chinese dragon was long and arduous, taking
many thousands of years. Old Chinese
believed that Chinese dragons have several different life stages and can
live at least 6000 years.
It was said that at beginning,
dragons were in the "dragon eggs" which looked like shinning jewelry.
From the moment they hatched to around five hundred years, they didníŽt
look like dragons. Instead, they would live as "water snakes".
From around five hundred to around one thousand, they become fish
and then scaled dragons living in the sea. But that time, they didníŽt
have horns. Then from about one thousand years to one thousand five
hundred years old, the dragon grows rapidly. Between the ages of one
thousand five hundred and two thousand, they would gain horns which represent wisdom.
Though some information indicates that after the dragon is two thousand
years old, they became dragons with wings and less scales, we don't find
any pictures of winged Chinese dragons from reliable websites or books.