The symbol Eiffel gave was the dragon. She made it sure that I did not confuse the Chinese dragon with the European dragon. She wrote to me that the dragon is a kind of creature that is miraculous in Chinese tales and myths. You can see that the dragon is golden. It represents riches and honor. In the feudal period, the symbol of the dragon could just be used by the emperor and the phoenix for the empress. During the Qing Dynasty, it even appeared on national flags. It represents wisdom and knowledge and is a respected mythological creature in the chinese culture. The Chinese depict their emperor through using the dragon symbol while they represent their empress with the phoenix symbol.The dragon is featured in the carvings on the steps of imperial palaces and tombs, such as the Forbidden City in Beijing. It has been a potent symbol of auspicious power in Chinese folklore and art. The Chinese dragon is traditionally the embodiment of a young male and is associated to bring rain and water. The dragon is featured in the carvings on the steps of imperial palaces and tombs, such as the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Chinese often use the term “Descendants of the Dragon” as a sign of ethnic identity. It represents their origin and honor. To Eiffel, the dragon is the number one symbol for the Chinese nation.


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