Chinese dragon

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The Chinese dragon is depicted as a long, scaled, snake-like creature with five claws. In contrast to the Western dragon which stands on four legs and which is usually portrayed as evil, the Chinese dragon has long been a potent symbol of auspicious power in Chinese folklore and Chinese art|art. The Chinese dragon is traditionally also the embodiment of the concept of yin and yang|yang (male) and associated with the weather as the bringer of rain and water in an agriculturally water-driven nation. Its female counterpart is the Fenghuang.

The dragon is sometimes used in the West as a national emblem of China. However, this usage within both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China on Taiwan is rare.

Firstly, the dragon was historically the symbol of the Emperor of China. Starting with the Yuan Dynasty, regular citizens were forbidden to associate themselves with the symbol. The dragon re-emerged during the Qing Dynasty and appeared on List of Chinese flags#Historical|national flags.[1]