Coiling Dragon statue

Public Art : Coiling Dragon statue

Also Known As: Golden Dragon statue, Coiled Dragon statue

Sculptor: © Ho Pak-tao

Construction : China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation and the China Aerospace Systems Engineering Corporation

Description: A gold 5 clawed curling dragon with a ball balancing on its tongue sitting atop a segmented granite base. 

Date Unveiled: The Coiled Dragon was unveiled by the Financial Secretary of Hong Kong in 2003.

Location:  The Coiling Dragon is located on a road island on Morrison Hill Road in Wanchai, Hong Kong . Please be careful and patient if attempting to take a snap, it is a tricky and very busy location.

Coiling Dragon Trivia:  The fountain underneath the dragon was replaced by plants in 2011 due, in part, to complaints that the fountain was basically pathetic in comparison to the dragon.

The Golden Dragon is believed to bring luck.

It still remains a mystery why the shiny gold dragon was placed in a rather unexciting location.

The dragon symbol in Hong Kong is part of the design of Brand Hong Kong, an International project used to promote Hong kong as "Asia's World City". The project began in 1997, following the handover of Hong Kong to China, due to fears that Hong Kong would lose its status as an international financial center.

What Do Dragon's Represent In China?: Historically, the dragon has been the symbol of the Emperor of China. In the Zhou Dynasty, the 5-clawed dragon represented the Son of Heaven, the 4-clawed dragon represented the nobles (zhuhou, seigneur), and the 3-clawed dragon represented the ministers (daifu). In the Qin Dynasty, the 5-clawed foot dragon represented the Emperor while the 4-clawed and 3-clawed dragons were assigned to the commoners.

So how many claws does the Coiled Dragon have? It's a 5 clawed dragon.

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