Imperial China had strict laws on how one depicts the dragon in the artwork. Commoners can only draw three claws. Nobility and high officials can use four and only the Emporer could use five. He could execute you for treason if you get caught using five claws.

Imperial China had strict laws on how one depicts the dragon in the artwork. Commoners can only draw three claws. Nobility and high officials can use four and only the Emporer could use five. He could execute you for treason if you get caught using five claws.

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A painting of the Chinese dragon
Chinese dragon

Unlike their portrayal as monsters in the West, Chinese dragons are a symbol of luck, prosperity and power. 

The Chinese dragon’s five claws is a symbol of the Emporer of many dynasties. 

Did you know that a Buddhist monk began China’s Ming dynasty? For more facts, click here!

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