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Chinese Symbols & Mascots

As an oriental country with a long history, China has many world-famous symbols, marks, signs for its culture. From the animal totems dragon and phoenix to lucky Chinese knots; from the remarkable Chinese Han characters to traditional medical science; from the buildings Great Wall to ancient gardens, from the sacred cradle of Yangtze and Yellow Mother River to picturesque mountains all these peerless treasures are considered as originally associative part of Chinese civilization.


The sacred animal dragon, commonly called Lóng in Chinese is referred to as the divine mythical creature that brings with it ultimate abundance, prosperity and good fortune in the ancient Chinese legend. Its benevolence signifies greatness, goodness and blessing; it symbolizes excellence, valiancy and boldness, heroism, perseverance, nobility and divinity.

Dragon - Chinese Symbol, Mascot

Actually, the Chinese dragon is an imaginative combination from different parts of the animals. For example, its horns are from the deer, head from the buffalo, noses and teeth from the lion, palps from the shrimp, body from the snake, scales and tail from the fish, and claws from the eagle etc. This creature can run, fly and swim, even stir up the clouds and bring rain to the people if they pray it for. According to the Chinese legends, the dragons live in the heaven, the rivers, the wells, lakes and the seas. They usually hide not appear at random, they fly to the heaven in spring and hide in the water in fall.

Nine Dragons Screen



Phoenix is a sacred bird in China. In Chinese, the male bird is called feng and the female bird is called huang, and the bird couple is usually called together Fenghuang. As the china dragon, this mystical bird was invented according to the parts of different animals or birds. Its head is from that of the wild goose, chin from the swallow, beak from the chicken, neck from the snake, body from the tortoise, feather from the scale of the dragon, buttocks from the female unicorn, tail from the fish and peacock. In Chinese legends, this bird is secular and known as the king of the birds. It represents the female though it has the male and female.

Chinese Phoenix Chinese Phoenix - Symbol and Mascot of China



The Chinese Qilin also spelled Kylin or Kirin, is one of the four sacred animals of ancient China and reversed by the Chinese people. This fictitious animal has moose body, buckhorn, fish scales, buffalo's tail and the horse hoof. In China, Qilin is a good omen that can bring peace and prosperity. It also symbolizes the more children, the more happiness so the ancient legends about the Qilin sending a son to the no-son family are frequently told today China. The Qilin can be found in many Chinese buildings and paintings. If you have an opportunity to visit the Forbidden City or the Summer Palace you can see its stone or bronze statues. Wonderfully, the old traditional paper Qilin performances still can be seen in some rural areas during the Spring Festival.

Chinese Qinlin


Sacred Tortoise

Sacred tortoise was also called divine tortoise or efficacious tortoise in ancient China. Of the Four Chinese Sacred Animals only the sacred tortoise is real. It is considered the longest lived among the animals and can foretell the future. The Chinese people regard it as the symbol of longevity. In the ancient times, when the great events were held the wizards used to burnt the tortoise shells to judge good or ill luck by the crack. The sacred tortoise was ever paid great respect in China. Its stone or bronze carvings and statues were found in the ancient royal palaces, emperors' tombs and common people's houses. It symbolizes the age-long of the Chinese empire, the brightness and knowledge.

Dragon Tortoise Statue



Lions are said to be guardians to human in Chinese legend and myth. They guard people's houses and drive away the evil spirits. Lion statues are widely used and very common in China.

Lion Statue


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