Story of Dragons

What is a traditional Chinese Dragon?


According to Chinese tradition the Dragon is the most powerful mythical animal and plays a significant role in Chinese culture. He is the controller of the heavens and the bringer of spring rains. He is also the wisest of all creatures - the pearl of wisdom is used to entice the dragon out ovf his lair to chase it down the streets in the Chinese New Year Parade. A five-clawed Dragon was the symbol of the Emperor up to Qing Dynasty times. Now it is China's national symbol.

The Dragon is a fantastic animal made up of many elements:
the head of a camel;
horns of a deer;
eyes of a rabbit;
ears of a cow;
neck of a snake;
belly of a frog;
scales of a carp;
claws of a hawk, and,
palms of a tiger.

Every Chinese New Year, the Spring Festival is heralded with the appearance of the Dragon, who emerges from the bottom of the sea where he sleeps, into the sky to bring plentiful spring rain ensuring good crops for the coming season.


See Melbourne's Dragons


See Melbourne's Dragons
Both the Dai Loong and The Millennium Dragons are on display at the Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place Melbourne. Open 7 days.
Admission charges apply. Tel: 03 9662 2888