There five different Chinese Dragons (chin. Long) species are following:
- celestial dragons who guard the abodes of the gods
- treasure-guarding dragons; guards precious metals and stones
- dragon spirits, who rule over wind and rain but can also cause flooding
- earth dragons, who cleanse the rivers and deepen the oceans
- imperial dragons; dragons with five claws instead of the usual four
Asian Dragons are rarely depicted as malevolent in contrast to western mythology.
In Chinese philosophy the dragon corresponds to springtime, the color green/blue and element wood is also representing the east of the four directions. The Chinese dragon is fearsome and benevolen at the same time and the bringers of wealth and good fortune.
From time to time pictured with its counterpart the Phoenix. It painted an other symbol of Yin and Yang. Dragon and Phoenix symbolism associated with the imperial family.Dragon the emperor and phoenix the empress. Only the imperial family were allowed to wear this symbol on yellow robes. The „ImperialDragon“ of the Celestial Kingdom(China) is the only one who has five claws. The Chinese emperor Yao one of the five primal emperor it was said he was a son of a dragon.
If the dragon is painted with the tiger he represents the yin but painted with the phoenix the yang. Often alone portrayed surrounded by clouds and water who shows he associated to the watery realms. Also said Dragons are to be shape shifters, and may assume as human body.