dragon stands as a symbol of the great unity of the Chinese nation.
The Chinese and those of Chinese origin considered themselves,
with a certain amount of pride, 'descendants from the dragon'.
It first appeared about six or seven thousand years ago. The image
of a dragon at first might look like a snake but with the input
of different clans, the image turned out to be more and more complicated
with the additions of a camel's or horse's head, a hare's eyes,
a tiger's nose, an ox's ear, a serpent's neck, a crocodile's feet,
a horse's mane and tail, a fish's scales, a dog's leg, an eagle's
talons, a tiger's paws, a deer's antlers, etc. All these additions
can be verified either by historical records and relics or by
folk customs. The dragon was able to change from one form into
another within a few seconds, from fat to thin and from tall to
short. It could also rise to heaven and descend to the depths
of the sea. So the dragon is a supernatural creature that can
take on any form.
the different groups of people from ancient China were in contact
with each other more and more, they started to invest their dragons
with fantasy. After a long time one picture evolved from all the
different dragons. Thus the dragon is a product of imagination,
a mystical creature that has been worshipped by the Chinese for
centuries. The dragon is depicted in many forms in modern Chinese
art and by ethical and cultural minorities who see it as human,
a fish or an alligator. The dragon is closely connected with the
clothing, food, housing, transport and spiritual life of all nationalities
in China, who also enjoy staging dragon-lantern dances and dragon-boat
races at various festivals. Although it was the symbol of the
emperor, people used to worship the dragon chiefly because they
believed that it could bring timely wind and rain for the crops.
Therefore, the dragon serves as a symbol of harmony, the fundamental
spirit of Chinese culture and the cohesive force of the Chinese
The Chinese calligraphy in the top left corner of the design means
'The dragon soars into the sky'.