In ancient China, the Dragon was associated with the emperor. Here, the Dragon at the Summer Palace of Beijing, the summer residence of royal members in the end of the Qing Dynasty.
Today 23 January 2012 is the first day of the Year of the Water Dragon. The Dragon is the only mythical creature among the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac (the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Ram, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig).
According to Chinese astrology, the years of the Dragon are times of change. However, when water is the driving element (instead of earth, metal, wood or fire), the transformations are minor as the Water Dragon is more patient than the other Chinese Dragons and he [Read more...]