Monday, July 25, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (19) Dragon - 龙(龍)

Dragon is the fifth animal in Chinese Zodiac. It is the only virtual not real animal.

Character Dragon is one of the most popular Chinese characters, you can see the character in many places, especially in Martial Art Clubs, and Tattoo on bodies.

The Shell Bone script of character Dragon is



a little bit like dragon, the top is the head, the middle is the body, the right curve is the tail.

The bronze script of character Dragon is 



We can see the head, the tail, and the teeth.

The big seal script of character Dragon is

similar to the shell bone script.

Its Small Seal script is


a very popular character in China for at least 2000 + years. It is a pictography, the left part are the head and body of dragon, and the right part are the hair and tail of dragon. People believe that dragon is very big, very powerful, a dinosaur-alike animal.



Its Clerical script is


very similar to the Small Seal script.

The song typeface of the traditional character is


same as the Shell Bone and Small Seal scripts.

The song typeface of simplified character is


greatly changed, the pictography feature disappeared. It is from cursive script which reduced strokes dramatically, you can write faster but destroyed the pictography.

Its Pinyin is "Long1".

龙 or 龍 is the most popular character in Chinese because Chinese say "we are the successors of dragon". Chinese emperors wore yellow "dragon cloth", Chinese believed that dragon means "power, control, and dignity, which emperors wanted the most.

Dragon dance is very popular in Chinese traditional festivals.


龙(龍)is a popular family name. The Chinese name of most famous martial artist Bruce Lee is 李小龍,which means Little Dragon Lee. Jacky Chan, the famous actor, his Chinese name is 成龍,which means Dragon Chan.

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