18 Chinese Dragon Pictures to Bring Good Fortune

Co-author Beth Asaff

A Powerful Celestial Creature


When you look at a Chinese dragon picture, you can almost feel the essence of the great Divine Being of the Chinese culture. This celestial mythical creature brings good fortune and keeps away evil spirits and protect humankind keeping them safe and out of danger. This makes its image an ideal addition to your home.

A symbol of success, protection and good fortune, many consider the Chinese dragon the Supreme Being of all the creatures in the world. In China and other Eastern countries, shrines and temples honor the celestial and powerful dragon.

Dragons Protect a Home


In feng shui, the dragon is considered an important symbol. Placing a picture of a dragon in your home protects you from negative energy while drawing positive energy and bringing good luck.

Dragon Placement


When using a dragon in feng shui, place it in the Eastern areas of your home on top of a shelf or table to draw positive chi into your work or living environment. Given the Chinese dragon's strong, dominant yang characteristics, do not place them in bedrooms or other rooms meant for rest.

Yin and Yang


It is said that traditional Chinese dragons have a total of 117 scales. Eighty one of these scales represent yang energy while 36 represent yin energy, which is why dragons are thought to bring more yang to a space than yin.

Pairing Dragons


Pair the dominantly yang Chinese dragon with its yin counterpart, the Phoenix. A dragon and phoenix pairing brings positive chi to your love life and is said to represent marital bliss.

A Dragon with an Eternal Pearl


Many pictures and statues depict a Chinese dragon holding a beautiful pearl. Sometimes the pearl has flames. According to ancient Chinese folklore, it is the pearl that gives the dragon its power to ascend upward to heaven. Many refer to it as "The Eternal Pearl". If using a dragon to ward off evil, consider an image that incorporates the pearl.

Beautiful Silk Dragon Fabric


Beautiful silk fabric with an exquisitely embroidered Chinese dragon picture makes a lovely wall hanging, and a great way to bring good fortune into the home. Hang it in an asupicious area.

Nine Dragon Wall


Nine dragons decorate the Nine Dragon Wall in the Forbidden City located in Beijing, China. Adding nine dragons to your home, however, could upset the yin and yang balance of the space.

Symbol of the Emperor


In many ancient Chinese dynasties, the dragon was the symbol of the emperor and the throne was known as the Dragon Throne. Hang a dragon tapestry above a chair to declare your own throne.

Unity in Pairs


Many pictures of two dragons together feature them frolicking with the Eternal Pearl. As they play with the pearl, they use their celestial breath to blow auspicious chi to humans. Dragons shown in pairs represent unity, and displaying them can represent this in your home.

Circular Dragon


A Chinese dragon's image depicts a powerful and auspicious mythical creature. This dragon weaves itself in a circle to express continuity.

The Nine Animals


The body of Chinese dragons represent nine different animals. When displaying a dragon, you also bring these other animals into your home:

  • Head: Camel
  • Scales: Carp
  • Claws: Eagle
  • Paws: Tiger
  • Belly: Clam
  • Neck: Snake
  • Eyes: Rabbit
  • Horns: Stag
  • Ears: Bull

Dragon Colors


Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty canonized and declared five dragons as kings. Each dragon is a different color:

  • Qinglong: The Azure Dragon
  • Zhulong: The Vermillion Dragon
  • Huanglong: The Yellow Dragon
  • Bailong: The White Dragon
  • Xuanlong: The Black Dragon

Holy Symbol


Many believe Chinese dragons can reach Heavan and ward off evil, which is why you often see their image in front of many Buddhist temples. Many regard the Chinese dragon as a holy symbol.

Dragon Lantern for Spring Festival


This spectacular lighted dragon lantern was used for celebrating the Spring Festival in Xi'an, China. You can almost feel its fiery breath.

Colorful New Year's Dragons


Celebrants used these colorful dragon heads to ring in the Lunar New Year. The next year of the dragon will be in 2024.

Dragon and Tiger Pagodas


The dragon and the tiger guard and serve as the entrace to the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas Temple in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The temple was built in the mid 1970s.

A Dragon Guards a Buddist Shrine


Rooftop dragons guard sacred temples throughout China. They use their magical power to ward off evil spirits and the possible danger of lightening as they stand guard.

Incorporating the image of a Chinese dragon into your home brings the power of this mythical creature into your life. Add some dragons in any form to your feng shui to capture what they have to offer.

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