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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. Green Dragon / Blue Dragon
  8. Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger
  9. Dragon Warrior
10. The Spirit of Dragon and Tiger
11. Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck
12. Dragon and Phoenix
13. Dragon Fist
14. Dragon Lady
15. Yellow Dragon
16. Red Dragon
17. Golden Dragon
18. The Spirit of the Dragon Horse,...
19. Blue Dragon
20. Black Dragon
21. The Spirit of the Dragon Horse
22. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
23. Fire Dragon
24. Flying Dragon
25. Dragon Spirit
26. Earth Dragon
27. Little Dragon
28. 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.

Green Dragon / Blue Dragon

Japan sei ryū
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This title can mean blue or green dragon.

The first character can mean blue, green, azure, or celadon.

The second character means dragon.


This is mostly a Chinese title (especially in Buddhism). It will be understood but less commonly used in Japanese and Korean.

Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger

Undiscovered persons of exceptional ability
China cáng lóng wò hǔ
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The meaning of 藏龍臥虎 is that both the tiger and dragon have amazing talents, but if they are out of view, you may not have discovered them.

This old Chinese idiom/proverb is appropriate for someone with amazing ability that keeps that ability hidden.

You might think this title is in reverse, but actually, this is the original Chinese proverb.
The movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon popularized this alternate version.

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.

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.

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.

Blue Dragon

China cāng lóng
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This is one of a couple possible titles for, "blue dragon" (occasionally also translated as "green dragon").

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

The last character is dragon.

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 means 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.

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.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

China wò hǔ cáng lóng
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臥虎藏龍 is the movie title of the Kung Fu epic that was very popular in the west a few years back.

This 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.

Flying Dragon

China téng
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This is the Chinese character and old Korean Hanja that means "flying dragon."

Dragon Spirit

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

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.

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.


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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 CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Dragon
ryuu / tatsu
ryu / tatsu
ryu/tatsu
lóng / long2 / long lung
Dragon / Emperor Symbol ryuu / tatsu
ryu / tatsu
ryu/tatsu
lóng / long2 / long lung
Water Dragon / Coiled Dragon 蟠龍
蟠龙
han ryuu / hanryuu / han ryu / hanryupān lóng / pan1 long2 / pan long / panlong p`an lung / panlung / pan lung
Blue Dragon / Azure Dragon 青龍 / 靑龍
青龙
sei ryuu / seiryuu / sei ryu / seiryuqīng lóng
qing1 long2
qing long
qinglong
ch`ing lung
chinglung
ching lung
Water Dragon / Rain Dragon 蛟龍
蛟龙
kou ryuu / kouryuu / ko ryu / koryujiāo
jiao1 long2
jiao long
jiaolong
chiao lung
chiaolung
Red Dragon / Vermillion Dragon 朱龍
朱龙
zhū lóng / zhu1 long2 / zhu long / zhulong chu lung / chulung
Green Dragon / Blue Dragon 靑龍
靑龙
sei ryū / seiryū
Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger 藏龍臥虎
藏龙卧虎
cáng lóng wò hǔ
cang2 long2 wo4 hu3
cang long wo hu
canglongwohu
ts`ang lung wo hu
tsanglungwohu
tsang lung wo hu
Dragon Warrior 龍武士
龙武士
ryuu bu shi
ryuubushi
ryu bu shi
ryubushi
lóng wǔ shì
long2 wu3 shi4
long wu shi
longwushi
lung wu shih
lungwushih
Dragon Warrior 龍戰士
龙战士
lóng zhàn shì
long2 zhan4 shi4
long zhan shi
longzhanshi
lung chan shih
lungchanshih
Dragon Warrior 斗龍戰士
斗龙战士
dòu lóng zhàn shì
dou4 long2 zhan4 shi4
dou long zhan shi
doulongzhanshi
tou lung chan shih
toulungchanshih
The Spirit of Dragon and Tiger 龍虎精神
龙虎精神
ryu ko sei shin
ryukoseishin
lóng hǔ jīng shén
long2 hu3 jing1 shen2
long hu jing shen
longhujingshen
lung hu ching shen
lunghuchingshen
Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck 龍鳳呈祥
龙凤呈祥
lóng fèng chéng xiáng
long2 feng4 cheng2 xiang2
long feng cheng xiang
longfengchengxiang
lung feng ch`eng hsiang
lungfengchenghsiang
lung feng cheng hsiang
Dragon and Phoenix 龍鳳
龙凤
ryuu hou / ryuuhou / ryu ho / ryuholóng fèng
long2 feng4
long feng
longfeng
lung feng
lungfeng
Dragon Fist 龍拳
龙拳
lóng quán
long2 quan2
long quan
longquan
lung ch`üan
lungchüan
lung chüan
Dragon Lady 龍女
龙女
lóng nǚ / long2 nv3 / long nv / longnv lung nü / lungnü
Yellow Dragon 黃龍
黄龙
huáng lóng
huang2 long2
huang long
huanglong
huang lung
huanglung
Red Dragon 赤龍
赤龙
chì lóng / chi4 long2 / chi long / chilong ch`ih lung / chihlung / chih lung
Golden Dragon 金龍
金龙
kin ryuu / kinryuu / kin ryu / kinryujīn lóng / jin1 long2 / jin long / jinlong chin lung / chinlung
The Spirit of the Dragon Horse, the Power of a Tiger. 龍馬精神虎虎生威
龙马精神虎虎生威
lóng mǎ jīng shén hǔ hǔ shēng wēi
long2 ma3 jing1 shen2 hu3 hu3 sheng1 wei1
long ma jing shen hu hu sheng wei
lung ma ching shen hu hu sheng wei
Blue Dragon 蒼龍
苍龙
cāng lóng
cang1 long2
cang long
canglong
ts`ang lung
tsanglung
tsang lung
Black Dragon 黑龍
黑龙
koku ryuu / kokuryuu / koku ryu / kokuryuhēi lóng / hei1 long2 / hei long / heilong hei lung / heilung
Black Dragon 玄龍
玄龙
xuān lóng
xuan1 long2
xuan long
xuanlong
hsüan lung
hsüanlung
Black Dragon 墨龍
墨龙
mò lóng / mo4 long2 / mo long / molong mo lung / molung
The Spirit of the Dragon Horse 龍馬精神
龙马精神
lóng mǎ jīng shén
long2 ma3 jing1 shen2
long ma jing shen
longmajingshen
lung ma ching shen
lungmachingshen
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 臥虎藏龍
卧虎藏龙
wò hǔ cáng lóng
wo4 hu3 cang2 long2
wo hu cang long
wohucanglong
wo hu ts`ang lung
wohutsanglung
wo hu tsang lung
Fire Dragon 火龍
火龙
hi ryuu / hiryuu / hi ryu / hiryuhuǒ lóng / huo3 long2 / huo long / huolong huo lung / huolung
Flying Dragon téng / teng2 / teng t`eng / teng
Dragon Spirit 龍魂
龙魂
lóng hún / long2 hun2 / long hun / longhun lung hun / lunghun
Earth Dragon 地龍
地龙
dì lóng / di4 long2 / di long / dilong ti lung / tilung
Little Dragon 小龍
小龙
xiǎo lóng
xiao3 long2
xiao long
xiaolong
hsiao lung
hsiaolung
White Dragon 白龍
白龙
bái lóng / bai2 long2 / bai long / bailong pai lung / pailung

In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line. In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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