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  1. Dragon
  2. Dragon / Emperor Symbol
  3. Water Dragon / Coiled Dragon
  4. Blue Dragon / Azure Dragon
  5. Water Dragon / Rain Dragon
  6. Red Dragon / Vermillion Dragon
  7. Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger
  8. Dragon Warrior
  9. The Spirit of Dragon and Tiger
10. Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck
11. Dragon and Phoenix
12. Dragon Fist
13. Dragon Lady
14. Yellow Dragon
15. Earth Dragon
16. Golden Dragon
17. The Spirit of the Dragon Horse,...
18. The Spirit of the Dragon Horse
19. Black Dragon
20. Blue Dragon
21. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
22. Fire Dragon
23. Red Dragon
24. Dragon Spirit
25. Little Dragon
26. White Dragon


Dragon

Year of the Dragon / Zodiac Sign
China lóng
Japan ryuu / tatsu
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This is the character for dragon in Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

The dragon is the creature of myth and legend that dominates Chinese, Japanese, and even European folklore. In China, the dragon is the symbol of the Emperor, strength and power, and the Chinese dragon is known as the god of water.

From the Chinese Zodiac, if you were born in the year of the Dragon, you . . .

Have a strong body and spirit.
Are full of energy.
Have vast goals.
Have a deep level of self-awareness.
Will do whatever you can to "save face".


See also our Chinese Zodiac or Dragon Calligraphy pages.

Dragon / Emperor Symbol

China lóng
Japan ryuu / tatsu
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This is an alternate form of dragon. Still pronounced the same in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

This particular Kanji is often associated as an imperial symbol as well as representing the mythical Asian dragon. You may have seen it on the chest or flag of the emperor in old Japanese and Chinese movies.

Note: I would rate this as a non-universal alternate form. The other dragon character is by far more common, and universally understood.


We strongly recommend symbol of dragon if you are looking for the symbol of dragon.


See Also...  Phoenix | Emperor | King

Water Dragon / Coiled Dragon

China pān lóng
Japan han ryuu
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This is sometimes seen as a lower level of dragon, or a dragon that has not-yet-reached its potential.

This is often defined as a "lake dragon" that has not ascended to heaven.
Another way to put that is a dragon coiled on the earth, which has not yet ascended to the sky.

Blue Dragon / Azure Dragon

China qīng lóng
Japan sei ryuu
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This is a scholarly title for "Blue Dragon" or "Azure Dragon". You'll find this title used in ancient Chinese literature and astronomy. This dragon has dominion over the eastern sky or eastern heavens. The Azure Dragon is also noted for representing the spring season. Also seen as an auspicious omen.

Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty canonized the five colored dragons as "kings". The Azure Dragon representing the most compassionate of kings.

In Japanese, this title is known with the same meaning, but can also be a given name, Seiryuu.


Note, the first character can be written as 青 OR 靑. Same character, just two ways to write it.

Water Dragon / Rain Dragon

China jiāo
Japan kou ryuu
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This title for water dragon is the hornless or scaled dragon. This is the king of all aquatic animals with the ability to control rain and floods.

In Japanese, the rain dragon can represent hidden genius. This dragon's domain is the deep murky water, thus with hidden potential. This can also be the Japanese given name Kouryuu.

Red Dragon / Vermillion Dragon

China zhū lóng
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This is a sophisticated or scholarly way to say, "Red Dragon". This is the title you'd expect in ancient Chinese literature.

The first character means red, cinnabar, or vermillion.

The second character means dragon.

It is said that the Vermillion Dragon represents kings that bestow blessings on lakes or bodies of water. This makes more sense in an ancient Chinese context.

Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger

Undiscovered persons of exceptional ability
China cáng lóng wò hǔ
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You might think this title is in reverse, but actually this is the original proverb. The movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was actually a play on words or order reversal of this old Chinese idiom.

The meaning is that both the tiger and dragon have amazing talents, but if they are out of view, you may have not discovered them. It can be said of someone with amazing ability that keeps that ability hidden.

Dragon Warrior

China lóng wǔ shì
Japan ryuu bu shi
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This is a generic title for "Dragon Warrior". Just as in English, it's a bit ambiguous. It can mean one who fights against dragons, or the title of a warrior himself (imagine a warrior with a dragon symbol on his chest).

Dragon Warrior

China lóng zhàn shì
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This is another version of "Dragon Warrior". It's still a bit ambiguous. This one reads more like "Dragon Fighter" than "Dragon Warrior". Perhaps you can also translate this one as, "One who fights like a dragon".

Dragon Warrior

China dòu lóng zhàn shì
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This "Dragon Warrior" is specifically one who fights against dragons. This can also be read as "Dragon Fighter".

The Spirit of Dragon and Tiger

China lóng hǔ jīng shén
Japan ryu ko sei shin
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This means the spirit of the dragon and tiger. It speaks to the vitality and vigor that is the nature of these two creatures.

Beyond "spirit", the second two characters can also mean mind, soul, or heart. Therefore, you can also say this means "Heart of the Dragon and Tiger", etc.

This is often titled as "Ryukoseishin" in many Japanese martial arts.

Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck

China lóng fèng chéng xiáng
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This is often seen at weddings and other celebrations in China. It suggests that he dragon and phoenix will bring you auspicious tidings.

The first character is dragon.
The second is phoenix.
The third is presents or brings.
And the last means auspicious, propitious, or luck.

Dragon and Phoenix

China lóng fèng
Japan ryuu hou
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This is the simplest way to express "Dragon and Phoenix" in Chinese and Japanese.

This title can be used to represent, "The emperor and empress", or a metaphor for an outstanding personage.

It should be noted that this is most often used as a given name "Ryuuhou" in Japanese. It may be read more as the name than by meaning in Japanese.

Dragon Fist

China lóng quán
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This title literally means, "Dragon Fist".

Dragon Lady

China lóng nǚ
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This is literally "Dragon Lady" or "Dragon Woman".

Yellow Dragon

China huáng lóng
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This is a sophisticated or scholarly way to say, "Yellow Dragon". This is the title you'd expect in ancient Chinese literature.

The first character means yellow.

The second character means dragon.

The Yellow Dragon represents a king that favorably hears all petitions of his subjects.


Note: This title can be the name of Huanglong county in Yan'an, located in Shaanxi province of China.

Earth Dragon

China dì lóng
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This is the Earth Dragon, king of rivers and seas.

This is sometimes used in Chinese as a nickname for earthworms.

Golden Dragon

China jīn lóng
Japan kin ryuu
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This is the Chinese title for "Golden Dragon".

The first character means, gold, golden, or metal.

The second character is dragon.


This title is also used in Japanese, but usually in reference to a certain kind of noodle soup in Japan.

The Spirit of the Dragon Horse,
the Power of a Tiger.

China lóng mǎ jīng shén hǔ hǔ shēng wēi
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This is an old proverb that is used to wish someone great health and success combined as a great compliment.

The meaning is "The vigor and spirit of the legendary dragon-horse, and the power and prestige of the tiger".

By giving a wall scroll like this to someone, you were either wishing or telling them that they have these qualities. There is also a suggestion of good health - at least anyone with the vigor of a dragon horse, would seem to also be in good health.

The Spirit of the Dragon Horse

China lóng mǎ jīng shén
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This is an old proverb that is used to wish someone good health and success combined as a great compliment.

The meaning is "The vigor and spirit of the legendary dragon-horse". These four characters are often accompanied by four more which mean, "...and the power and prestige of the tiger". Here we are just offering the first part which is considered the short version.

By giving a wall scroll like this to someone, you were either wishing or telling them that they have an amazing quality. There is also a suggestion of good health - at least anyone with the vigor of a dragon horse, would seem to also be in good health.


Note: In Japanese, this would be read as the spirit of 坂本龍馬 (Sakamoto_Ryōma), a beloved rebel who help abolish the old Japanese feudal system. This can be confusing, so I am declaring this proverb to be Chinese only.

Black Dragon

China hēi lóng
Japan koku ryuu
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This is a generic title for "Black Dragon".

The first character is black color.
The second is dragon.

Black Dragon

China xuān lóng
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This is a sophisticated or scholarly way to say, "Black Dragon". This is the title you'd expect in ancient Chinese literature.

The first character means black or mysterious.

The second character means dragon.

This black dragon represents a king dwelling in the depths of the mystic waters.

Black Dragon

China mò lóng
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This is a cool way to say "Black Dragon".

This is literally "Ink Dragon". The ink part is black Chinese ink, the deepest, darkest ink available for thousands of years.

Blue Dragon

China cāng lóng
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This is one of a couple possible titles for, "Blue Dragon".

The first character means, "deep blue" or "azure".

The last character is dragon.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

China wò hǔ cáng lóng
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This is the movie title of the Kung Fu epic that was very popular in the west a few years back. The title is actually a re-ordering of an ancient Chinese proverb that refers to undiscovered talents.

The movie was one of the most popular Chinese foreign films to ever debut in the USA, but received a lukewarm reception in China.

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly-used term.

Fire Dragon

China huǒ lóng
Japan hi ryuu
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This is how to write "Fire Dragon" in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

This title is used more often in Chinese; a little lesser-known in Japanese.

Red Dragon

China chì lóng
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This is a generic title for "Red Dragon".

The first character can mean red, crimson, or scarlet.

The second character is dragon.

Dragon Spirit

China lóng hún
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This title means "Dragon Spirit" or "Dragon Ghost".

Little Dragon

China xiǎo lóng
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This literally means "little dragon" or "young dragon". This is often used as a given name in Chinese. In fact, Bruce Lee's real given name is "Little Dragon".


See Also...  Bruce Lee

White Dragon

China bái lóng
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This is a sophisticated or scholarly way to say, "White Dragon". This is the title you'd expect in ancient Chinese literature.

The first character means white, pure, or bright.

The second character means dragon.

The White Dragon represents a king who is virtuous and pure.


Check dictionary for dragon


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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.


A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.




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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Dragon
ryuu / tatsu
ryu / tatsu
lóng
long
lung
long2
Dragon / Emperor Symbol
ryuu / tatsu
ryu / tatsu
lóng
long
lung
long2
Water Dragon / Coiled Dragon蟠龙
蟠龍
han ryuu
hanryuu
han ryu
pān lóng
pan long
p`an lung
pan1 long2
panlong
panlung
pan lung
Blue Dragon / Azure Dragon青龙
青龍 / 靑龍
sei ryuu
seiryuu
sei ryu
qīng lóng
qing long
ch`ing lung
qing1 long2
qinglong
chinglung
ching lung
Water Dragon / Rain Dragon蛟龙
蛟龍
kou ryuu
kouryuu
ko ryu
jiāo
jiao long
chiao lung
jiao1 long2
jiaolong
Red Dragon / Vermillion Dragon朱龙
朱龍
n/azhū lóng
zhu long
chu lung
zhu1 long2
zhulong
Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger藏龙卧虎
藏龍臥虎
n/acáng lóng wò hǔ
cang long wo hu
ts`ang lung wo hu
cang2 long2 wo4 hu3
canglongwohu
tsanglungwohu
tsang lung wo hu
Dragon Warrior龙武士
龍武士
ryuu bu shi
ryuubushi
ryu bu shi
lóng wǔ shì
long wu shi
lung wu shih
long2 wu3 shi4
longwushi
Dragon Warrior龙战士
龍戰士
n/alóng zhàn shì
long zhan shi
lung chan shih
long2 zhan4 shi4
longzhanshi
Dragon Warrior斗龙战士
斗龍戰士
n/adòu lóng zhàn shì
dou long zhan shi
tou lung chan shih
dou4 long2 zhan4 shi4
doulongzhanshi
The Spirit of Dragon and Tiger龙虎精神
龍虎精神
ryu ko sei shin
ryukoseishin
lóng hǔ jīng shén
long hu jing shen
lung hu ching shen
long2 hu3 jing1 shen2
longhujingshen
Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck 龙凤呈祥
龍鳳呈祥
n/alóng fèng chéng xiáng
long feng cheng xiang
lung feng ch`eng hsiang
long2 feng4 cheng2 xiang2
longfengchengxiang
lungfengchenghsiang
lung feng cheng hsiang
Dragon and Phoenix龙凤
龍鳳
ryuu hou
ryuuhou
ryu ho
lóng fèng
long feng
lung feng
long2 feng4
longfeng
Dragon Fist龙拳
龍拳
n/alóng quán
long quan
lung ch`üan
long2 quan2
longquan
lungchüan
lung chüan
Dragon Lady龙女
龍女
n/alóng nǚ
long nv
lung nü
long2 nv3
longnv
Yellow Dragon黄龙
黃龍
n/ahuáng lóng
huang long
huang lung
huang2 long2
huanglong
Earth Dragon地龙
地龍
n/adì lóng
di long
ti lung
di4 long2
dilong
Golden Dragon金龙
金龍
kin ryuu
kinryuu
kin ryu
jīn lóng
jin long
chin lung
jin1 long2
jinlong
The Spirit of the Dragon Horse, the Power of a Tiger.龙马精神虎虎生威
龍馬精神虎虎生威
n/alóng mǎ jīng shén hǔ hǔ shēng wēi
long ma jing shen hu hu sheng wei
lung ma ching shen hu hu sheng wei
long2 ma3 jing1 shen2 hu3 hu3 sheng1 wei1
The Spirit of the Dragon Horse龙马精神
龍馬精神
n/alóng mǎ jīng shén
long ma jing shen
lung ma ching shen
long2 ma3 jing1 shen2
longmajingshen
Black Dragon黑龙
黑龍
koku ryuu
kokuryuu
koku ryu
hēi lóng
hei long
hei lung
hei1 long2
heilong
Black Dragon玄龙
玄龍
n/axuān lóng
xuan long
hsüan lung
xuan1 long2
xuanlong
Black Dragon墨龙
墨龍
n/amò lóng
mo long
mo lung
mo4 long2
molong
Blue Dragon 苍龙
蒼龍
n/acāng lóng
cang long
ts`ang lung
cang1 long2
canglong
tsanglung
tsang lung
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon卧虎藏龙
臥虎藏龍
n/awò hǔ cáng lóng
wo hu cang long
wo hu ts`ang lung
wo4 hu3 cang2 long2
wohucanglong
wohutsanglung
wo hu tsang lung
Fire Dragon火龙
火龍
hi ryuu
hiryuu
hi ryu
huǒ lóng
huo long
huo lung
huo3 long2
huolong
Red Dragon赤龙
赤龍
n/achì lóng
chi long
ch`ih lung
chi4 long2
chilong
chihlung
chih lung
Dragon Spirit龙魂
龍魂
n/alóng hún
long hun
lung hun
long2 hun2
longhun
Little Dragon小龙
小龍
n/axiǎo lóng
xiao long
hsiao lung
xiao3 long2
xiaolong
White Dragon白龙
白龍
n/abái lóng
bai long
pai lung
bai2 long2
bailong

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "dragon" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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