The Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology.
The dragons have many animal-like forms such as turtles, fish, and imaginary creatures, but they are most commonly depicted as snake-like with four legs.
Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods.
The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it. With this, the Emperors of China used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power and strength.
Historically, the dragon was the symbol of the Emperor of China; whereas the Empress of China was identified with the fenghuang or the phoenix.
In ancient China, dragons were nice guys. They were caring and looked after things and there were different guardian dragons for the wind, the rain, the rivers, and precious metals.
That’s why huge paper dragons and gorgeous pottery dragons are seen so often in Chinese art.
In China there are even places names after dragons – the above picture is in GuangXi Province and is a place called LongJi or Dragon Back as the Rise terraces are shaped like a Chinese Dragons Back Bone … read more about LongJi