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The Chinese dragon (spelled Long, Loong or Lung in transliteration), is a mythical Chinese creature that also appears in other East Asian cultures, and is also sometimes called the Oriental (or Eastern) dragon. Depicted as a long, snake-like creature with four claws, in contrast to the Western dragon which stands on two legs and which is usually portrayed as evil, it has long been a potent symbol of auspicious power in Chinese folklore and art. Like real world reptiles living in water, Chinese dragon controls water in an argicultural water-driven nation. This is the contrast of the western dragon, which controls fire to show its mythical power.
The dragon is also the embodiment of the concept of yang (male) and associated with the weather as the bringer of rain and water in general. Its female counterpart is the Chinese phoenix.
Many Chinese people often use the term "Descendants of the Dragon" ( 龍的傳人 ) as a sign of ethnic identity. The term was first coined by Taiwanese musician Yi De-jian ( 侯德建 ) in the late 1970s, and subsequently popularized by the song of the same name.
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, and was on the national flag of the late Qing Dynasty. These monarchist connotations run counter to modern Chinese ideologies. Secondly, the dragon has aggressive, warlike connotations that the Chinese government wishes to avoid. It is for these reasons that the giant panda is far more often used within China as a national emblem than the dragon. In Hong Kong, however, the dragon is part of the design of Brand Hong Kong, a symbol used to promote Hong Kong as an international brand name
The dragon commands much respect in the Chinese culture. It is a taboo to disfigure a depiction of a dragon; for example, an advertisement campaign commissioned by Nike, which featured the American basketball player LeBron James slaying a dragon (as well as beating up an old Kung Fu master), was immediately censored by the Chinese government after public outcry over disrespect
A number of Chinese proverbs and idioms also feature references to the dragon, for example: "Hoping one's son will become a dragon" ( 望子成龍 ), i.e. be as successful and powerful as a dragon).
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