lóng dragon; imperial


Alternative traditional form of character:

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 龙
Stroke order for character 龙, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Provinces

黑龙江 Heilongjiang

Proverbs

藏龙卧虎 cáng lóng wò hǔ There are people lurking with great power and strength
龙飞凤舞 lóng fēi fèng wǔ Flamboyant. Lively and vigorous
龙争虎斗 lóng zhēng hǔ dòu Struggle between two equal leaders
强龙难压地头蛇 qiáng lóng nán yā dì tóu shé Knowledge of local area and people gives them a distinct advantage even against a strong enemy
一龙生九种,种种不同 yī lóng shēng jiǔ zhǒng, zhǒng zhǒng bù tóng Brothers and sisters may not resemble each other

Also

龙抬头 lóngtáitóu Blue Dragon Festival
lóng dragon

World upside down

When the Chinese invented the compass they chose south rather than north as the primary direction. In China it is called 指南针 'point south needle'. Compasses pointed south and for this reason maps showed south at the top rather than north. South was more important than north as it is the direction of the sun and hence all warmth and light. This convention has the advantage that the compass direction can be confirmed by the position of the sun at midday.
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