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Happy Chinese New Year everyone!!!!
According to the Chinese zodiac, the Year of 2012 is the Year of Dragon which will start on January 23, 2012 and end on February 9, 2013. Dragon is the fifth sign in the Chinese Zodiac, and it is the most revered animal among the 12 animals of Chinese Zodiac.
Today we can't see the mythical and legend dragon in real life, still we can read them from ancient literature and admire them in paintings, sculptures and carvings . If you took some time observing the dragon in the painting, you will know that the Chinese dragon looks like a combination of many animals -- a reptile, a snake, an alligator, and a lizard. Today, there is one kind of dragon we sometimes heard -- beard dragon -- a type of lizard. However that little reptile creature is definitely not the magnificent dragon in Chinese people's eyes and minds. The creation of dragon is a grand rendition of Chinese people authentic imaginationary combination ......
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Mind sharing some animal symbols that have special meaning in your culture?
Let's conclude the dragon post with the song -- （龙的传人 long2 de5 chuan2 ren2)
For lyrics, pinyin, and English translation, see http://www.chinesetolearn.com/?p=572
Thank you for fixing the copy and paste problem, now it looks neater:) Happy Dragon Year to you all.
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