We now think that the dragon idea may have been inspired by the giant Yangzi alligator, or earth dragon which lives in the lower Yangzi River and can grow to a length of nearly 2 meters 6 feet. The alligator is sensitive to changes in air pressure and appears to know when rain is coming.
Chinese children were told that when the Yellow Emperor died, he became a dragon and flew into Heaven. From then on, the yellow dragon with five claws on each foot became a symbol of imperial power. The Emperor’s throne was called the Dragon Throne and his robe the Dragon Robe. Only the Emperor was allowed to wear clothes embroidered with a yellow dragon. In ancient times, any person who dared to wear such robes without permission was suspected of treason and might even be executed.
We (我 们 wǒmén) now (现 在 xiàn zài) think that the dragon (龙 lóng) idea may have been inspired by the giant (巨 大 jù dà) Yangzi (杨 子 Yáng Zǐ) alligator (鳄 鱼 è yú), or 土 龙 tǔ lóng (earth dragon) which lives in the lower Yangzi River (杨子江 Yáng Zǐ Jiāng) and can grow to a length of nearly 2 meters (二 米 èr mǐ) 6 feet (六尺 liù chǐ). The alligator (鳄 鱼 è yú) is sensitive to changes in air (空 气 kōng qì) pressure and appears to know when rain (雨yǔ) is coming.
EMPEROR’S (皇帝 HUÁNG DÌ) SYMBOL
Chinese (中国zhōng guó) children (小孩 xiǎo hái) were told that when the Yellow Emperor (黄帝huáng dì) died (死 sǐ), he (他 tā) became a dragon (龙 lóng) and flew (飞 fēi) into Heaven (天国tiān guó). From then on, the yellow (黄huáng) dragon 龙 with five (五 wǔ) claws (爪zhuǎ) on each foot (足 zú) became a symbol of imperial power. The Emperor’s throne (帝位dì wèi) was called the Dragon Throne (龙位lóng wèi) and his robe (袍 páo) the Dragon Robe (龙袍 lonǵ paó). Only the Emperor 皇帝 was allowed to wear (穿 chuān) clothes (衣服 yī fú) embroidered with a yellow 黄 dragon 龙. In ancient times, any person (人rén) who dared to wear (穿chuān) such robes 袍 without permission was suspected of treason and might even be executed.
1. Now = 现 在 xiàn zi
2. Giant = 巨 大 jù dà
means gigantic, enormous, huge or tremendous
3. Alligator = 鳄 鱼 è yú .
Note the radical 鱼 on the left side of 鳄 indicating that the word 鳄has something to do with fish. In ancient China, alligators were considered to be a type of fish.
4. Earth Dragon =土 龙 tǔ lóng .
土 means earth or soil.
5. Yangzi River = 杨子江 Yáng Zǐ Jiāng
6. Yangzi River is also called 长 江 cháng jiāng .
The word 长 cháng means long
and 江 jiāng means river.
Note the three dots radical to the left of the word 江 indicating that 江 has something to do with water.
Yang Zi Jiang is the longest river in Asia, measuring 6300 kilometers. It is the third longest river in the world, following the Amazon in South America and the Nile in Africa.
7. 2 meters = 二 米 èr mǐ
8. 6 feet = 六尺 liù chǐ
9. Air = 空 气 kōng qì
10. Emperor = 皇帝 huáng dì
11. Children = 小孩 xiǎo hái
小 xiǎo means small, little, tiny.
孩hái means child
12. Yellow Emperor = 黄帝huáng dì
The word 黄 huáng means the color yellow.
It is pronounced in the same tone as 皇 which means Imperial or royal.
13. Yellow Dragon = 黄龙 huáng lóng
Yellow = 黄huáng
Dragon = 龙 lóng
14. Heaven = 天 国 tiān guó = Kingdom in the Sky
天 tiān means sky, heaven, overhead or day
国 guó means country or kingdom.
15. Five Claws = 五 wǔ 爪 zhuǎ
five = 5 = 五 wǔ
claws = 爪 zhuǎ
16. Foot = 足 zú
Both words 足 and 脚 mean foot. Please note that 脚 has the radical 月on its left side. 月 radical often indicates that the word has something to do with body parts.
17. Emperor’s throne = 帝位dì wèi
帝dì = Emperor
位 wèi = throne , seat or place
18. Dragon throne =龙位lóng wèi
Throne = 位wèi also means seat or place.
19. Dragon Robe = 龙袍 lonǵ paó
Dragon =龙 lonǵ
Robe = 袍 paó
20. Wear = 穿 chuān
21. Clothes = 衣服 yī fú