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The Spirit of Dragon and Tiger

China lóng hǔ jīng shén
Japan ryu ko sei shin
The Spirit of Dragon and Tiger

龍虎精神 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.

龍虎精神 is often titled as "Ryukoseishin" in many Japanese martial arts.

Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger

Undiscovered persons of exceptional ability
China cáng lóng wò hǔ
Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger

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.

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

China lóng mǎ jīng shén hǔ hǔ shēng wēi
The Spirit of the Dragon Horse, / the Power of a Tiger.

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.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

China wò hǔ cáng lóng
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

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

臥虎藏龍 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.

Dragon Snake Tiger
Leopard Crane

China lóng shé hǔ bào hè
Japan ryuu hebi tora hyou tsuru
Dragon Snake Tiger / Leopard Crane

龍蛇虎豹鶴 is a list of the Chinese characters for the five animals of Shaolin Kung Fu in a comfortable order (meaning that they are in the proper order and will simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).


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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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五形拳

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Japanese gokeiken / gokeken / ごけいけん Japanese {MA} Wu Xing Fist; Five Form Fist (Dragon, Snake, Tiger, Crane, Leopard)
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Wu Xing Fist

臥虎藏龍


卧虎藏龙

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Mandarin wò hǔ cáng lóng / wo4 hu3 cang2 long2
Taiwan wo hu ts`ang lung / wo hu tsang lung
Chinese lit. hidden dragon, crouching tiger (idiom); fig. talented individuals in hiding; concealed talent; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, movie by Ang Lee 李安[Li3 An1]
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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

藏龍臥虎

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Mandarin cáng lóng wò hǔ / cang2 long2 wo4 hu3
Taiwan ts`ang lung wo hu / tsang lung wo hu
Chinese lit. hidden dragon, crouching tiger (idiom); fig. talented individuals in hiding; concealed talent
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Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger

四象

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Mandarin sì xiàng / si4 xiang4
Taiwan ssu hsiang
Japanese shishou / shisho / ししょう
Chinese four divisions (of the twenty-eight constellations 二十八宿[er4 shi2 ba1 xiu4] of the sky into groups of seven mansions), namely: Azure Dragon 青龍|青龙[Qing1 long2], White Tiger 白虎[Bai2 hu3], Vermilion Bird 朱雀[Zhu1 que4], Black Tortoise 玄武[Xuan2 wu3]
Japanese four images; four symbols; four emblems; four phenomena; four phases; (given name) Shishou

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李安

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Mandarin lǐ ān / li3 an1
Taiwan li an
Chinese Ang Li (1954-), Taiwanese-American film director (films include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 臥虎藏龍|卧虎藏龙 and Brokeback Mountain 斷背山|断背山)

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竜虎

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Japanese ryuuko / ryuko / りゅうこ    tatsutora / たつとら Japanese dragon and tiger; two mighty rivals; (surname) Ryuuko; (surname) Tatsutora

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龍虎

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Mandarin lóng hǔ / long2 hu3
Taiwan lung hu
Japanese ryuuko / ryuko / りゅうこ    tatsutora / たつとら
Chinese outstanding people; water and fire (in Daoist writing)
Japanese dragon and tiger; two mighty rivals; (surname, female given name) Ryuuko; (surname) Tatsutora

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十二獸


十二兽

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Mandarin shí èr shòu / shi2 er4 shou4
Taiwan shih erh shou
Japanese jūnishū
The twelve animals for the "twelve horary branches" with their names, hours, and the Chinese transliterations of their Sanskrit equivalents; v. 大集經 23 and 56. There are also the thirty-six animals, three for each hour. The twelve are: Serpent 蛇 巳, 9-11 a.m. 迦若; Horse 馬午, 11-1 noon 兜羅; Sheep 羊未, 1―3 p.m. 毘梨支迦; Monkey 猴申, 3-5 p.m. 檀尼毘; Cock 鶏酉, 5-7 p.m. 摩迦羅; Dog 大戌, 7-9 p.m. 鳩槃; Boar 豕亥, 9-11 p.m.彌那; Rat 鼠子, 11-1 midnight 彌沙; Ox 牛丑 1-3 a.m. 毘利沙; Tiger (or Lion) 虎寅, 3―5 a.m. 彌倫那; Hare 兎卯, 5-7 a.m. 羯迦吒迦; Dragon 龍辰, 7-9 a.m 絲阿.

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殺虎斬蛟

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Mandarin shā hǔ zhǎn jiāo / sha1 hu3 zhan3 jiao1
Taiwan sha hu chan chiao
Chinese lit. to kill the tiger and behead the scaly dragon

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生龍活虎

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Mandarin shēng lóng huó hǔ / sheng1 long2 huo2 hu3
Taiwan sheng lung huo hu
Chinese lit. lively dragon and animated tiger (idiom); fig. vigorous and lively

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盤龍臥虎

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Mandarin pán lóng wò hǔ / pan2 long2 wo4 hu3
Taiwan p`an lung wo hu / pan lung wo hu
Chinese lit. coiled dragon, crouching tiger (idiom); fig. talented individuals in hiding; concealed talent

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龍爭虎鬥

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Mandarin lóng zhēng hǔ dòu / long2 zheng1 hu3 dou4
Taiwan lung cheng hu tou
Chinese lit. the dragon wars, the tiger battles (idiom); fierce battle between giants

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龍騰虎躍

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Mandarin lóng téng hǔ yuè / long2 teng2 hu3 yue4
Taiwan lung t`eng hu yüeh / lung teng hu yüeh
Chinese lit. dragon soaring and tiger leaping (idiom); fig. prosperous and bustling; vigorous and active

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竜虎;龍虎

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Japanese ryuuko;ryouko / ryuko;ryoko / りゅうこ;りょうこ Japanese dragon and tiger; two mighty rivals

竜虎の争い

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Japanese ryuukonoarasoi / ryukonoarasoi / りゅうこのあらそい Japanese (exp,n) well-matched contest; fight between a dragon and a tiger

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
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
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
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
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
Dragon Snake Tiger
Leopard Crane
龍蛇虎豹鶴
龙蛇虎豹鹤
ryuu hebi tora hyou tsuru
ryuuhebitorahyoutsuru
ryu hebi tora hyo tsuru
ryuhebitorahyotsuru
lóng shé hǔ bào hè
long2 she2 hu3 bao4 he4
long she hu bao he
longshehubaohe
lung she hu pao ho
lungshehupaoho
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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