The Chinese Dragon as a symbol in China dates back to 3000 BC (“Chinese Dragon”).  The dragon represents happiness, immortality, procreation, fertility, and activity (“Chinese Dragon”).  The Chinese Dragons were believed to ward off evil spirits (“Chinese Dragon”).  They are deeply rooted in the Chinese culture and many Chinese people often consider themselves to be the descendants of the dragon (“Chinese Dragon”).  The Chinese Dragon is also known as Long and it symbolizes power and excellence, valiancy and boldness, heroism and perseverance, as well as nobility and divinity (“Chinese Dragon”). It is described as one that overcomes obstacles until he succeeds and he is energetic, decisive, optimistic, intelligent, and ambitious (“Chinese Dragon”).

With that said, there is more than one type of Chinese Dragon and all of the types serve a different purpose (“Chinese Dragon”).   These different types include the horned dragon, the winged dragon, and the celestial dragon, all of which support and protect the mansions of the gods (“Chinese Dragon”).   Then there is the spiritual dragon, which generates wind and rain for the benefit of mankind, and the dragon of hidden treasures, which keeps guard over concealed wealth (“Chinese Dragon”).  There is also the coiling dragon, which lives in water, and the yellow dragon, which once emerged from water and presented the legendary Emperor Fu Shi with the elements of writing (“Chinese Dragon”). The last type of dragon is the dragon king, which consists of four separate dragons with each of them ruling over one of the four seas (“Chinese Dragon”).  Those four seas are the seas of the east, south, west, and north (“Chinese Dragon”).

Festivities that center around the dragon include The Chinese Spring Festival where the Chinese Dragon is seen parading in the streets (“Chinese Dragon”).  There is also the Day of the Lanterns which is another celebration where dragons can be seen parading in the streets (“Chinese Dragon”).  In China, the dragon is best known as the ruler of spring that positively influences natural growth (“Chinese Dragon”).  When it comes to wealth, the same principle applies (“Chinese Dragon”).  Wealth will not be achieved in a dragon year if a person’s motivation is pure greed, so a balanced attitude towards life is required (“Chinese Dragon”).

“Chinese Dragon.”  Beijing Service.  n.d. Web. 7 Mar. 2012.

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