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The Year Of Dragon: Related Chinese Words

Published at 2013-07-17 21:20:31 Updated at 2013-07-17 21:20:31

During Chinese new year, or Spring Festival, if you visit your Chinese firends, the following information are helpful.

1. Before Your Visit.

The first thing before you are going to visit your Chinese friend who have children is 'Red Packet', a money wrapper in a red envelope used to give kids as a gift to wish the children be safe and healthy in the new year.Of course, if you have children too, they will return Red Bags with the same or more money.

And normally, do not visit your Chinese friends on the eve of Chinese new year, January 22 of this year, when is the time for the reunion of their whole family. We call it as tuan nian, and the banquet is called: nian ye fan.

Do you know why the passengers transport around the spring festival is a headache to both the government and passengers? Because all people hope to be home to take this meal with family!

2. Greeting When Meet

At this special occasion, If you meet or visit your Chinese friends, the following are common greeting words:

Chinese Greeting WordsWritten in EnglishMeaning
给您拜年
gei nin bai nianWish Happy New Year to You
恭喜发财
gong xi fa caiMay you Be Prosperous! May You Will Earn A Lot Of Money! May You Obtain A Fortunes!
万事如意
wan shi ru yiEverything is as one wishes! Have good luck in everything!
身体健康
shen ti jian kangMay You Be Healthy
合家欢乐
he jia huan leEnjoy Happy Family!

3. Symbol of Dragon

The Dragon is a symbol of 'power, happiness, goo luck, fortune', so the year of the Dragon is one of the most important years in Chinese tradition. Many new couples hope to have a baby, especially a son, in the year of the Dragon. A baby born in this year is called The Son of the Dragon or The daughter of the Dragon .

4. Chinese Dragon Phrases

Chinese ChractersWritten in EnglishMeaning
生龙活虎
sheng long huo hudoughty as a dragon and lively as a tiger.
藏龙卧虎
cang long wo hucrouching tiger and hidden dragon - talents in obscurity.
龙马精神
long ma jing shenvigour of a dragon horse, a legendary steed - vigorous spirit (of people).
龙盘凤逸
long pan feng yilike a coiling dragon and a hidden phoenix - (of people) have unrecognized talents.
虎踞龙盘
hu ju long panforbidding strategic point like a tiger crouching or a dragon curling.
龙凤呈祥
long feng cheng xiangunion of a dragon and a phoenix foretells good fortune - symbol of harmony and good fortune.
龙潭虎穴
long tan hu xuedragon's lake and tiger's den - danger spot; place of danger.
龙腾虎跃
long teng hu yue(like) dragons rising and tigers leaping - scene of hustling and bustling activity; do or act with might and main.
龙骧虎步
long xiang hu buwalk with one's head up like a dragon horse or a tiger - walk with majestic steps; walk at martial gait.
龙吟虎啸
long yin hu xiaodragons singing and tigers roaring - waves roaring and wind howling.
龙跃凤鸣
long yue feng minglike dragons leaping and phoenix singing - be of exceptional talent; have brilliant intellect.
蛟龙得水
jiao long de shuiflood dragon goes into water - be in the most congenial surroundings; get a good opportunity to display one's talent.
龙争虎斗
long zheng hu doufighting between a dragon and a tiger - fierce struggle between well-matched opponents; combat/fight/competition between giants.
龙行虎步
long xing hu bumajestic bearing; imposing air.
龙驹凤雏
long ju feng chudragon colt or young phoenix - brilliant young man; young, talented scholar.
笔走龙蛇
bi zou long shewriting brush goes like dragon and snakes - (of Chinese calligraphy) vigorous and graceful.
龙飞风舞
long fei feng wulike dragons flying and phoenixes dancing - (of Chinese calligraphy) lively and vigorous.
画龙点睛
hua long dian jingbring a picture of a dragon to life by putting in the pupils of its eyes - add the touch that brings a work of art to life; to add the finishing touch; to add an apt word to clinch the point.
龙的传人
long de chuan rendescendants of the dragon - Chinese native.
望子成龙
wang zi cheng longambitious for one's children.
龙生九子
long sheng jiu zidragon has nine sons and each has its own distinctive temperament - siblings may diff in many ways.
龙凤
long fengdragon and phoenix - virtuous and talented person.
龙眉凤目
long mei feng mulong-eyebrows and slit eyes.
龙宫
long gongpalace of the Dragon King.
龙卷风
long juan fengtornado.
龙袍
long paoimperial robe.
龙王
long wangDragon King (sea and rain god in Chinese mythology).
龙颜
long yancountenance of an emperor; imperial countenance; (2) emperor.
龙舟
long zhoudragon boat.
攀龙附凤
pan long fu fengplay up to people of a power and influence; to put oneself under the patronage of a bigwig.
跑龙套
pao long taoplay a walk-on part, or play a bit role.
屠龙之技
tu long zhi jiart of butchering dragons - an art of a high order but of little value.
叶公好龙
ye gong hao longLord Ye's love of dragons - professed love of what one really fears.

5. Dragon pictures

The Chinese character shown on the following image means Dragon. The characters shown in the upper two rows are 'dragon' in simplified Chinese, and those in the third row are in traditional Chinese which is mostly used in China Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc.

Chinese-characters-of-Dragon