Chinese dragons share some similarities in their appearance with Western dragons, but there are also some notable differences. They are large, formidable creatures that are serpentine and scaly, like their Western counterparts. However, they are also sometimes depicted with lion-like manes, deer-like antlers, and mustaches or long whiskers.
Unlike Western dragons, which are usually associated with greed and hoarding wealth, the dragon in Chines culture is a figure of immense power and wisdom. While they still can look quite menacing, they are benevolent creatures who are believed to bring good fortune.
The dragon has symbolized the emperor of China for many centuries. The dragon was seen as an important symbol in Chinese culture, and later as a mythical creature.
The dragon is associated not just with wisdom and power, but also with water, and the ability to manipulate the weather. In Chinese folklore, there are four Dragon Kings (or Dragon Gods) who have mastery over the weather and represent the East, South, West and North Seas.
In China, dragons are called long, loong, or lung.