You are here: Home China Guide Chinese Culture Chinese Mythology

Candle Dragon

Why there exists the change of the four seasons? Why does day alternate with night? Why there exist those natural phenomenons, like wind, rain, snow and so on? We of course know them nowadays; howe

Kua Fu Chasing the Sun

“Kua Fu Chasing the Sun” is a legendary story talking about Kua Fu, who aspired to catch up with the sun. Kua Fu was the leader of a group of mighty giants living in deep forest in ancient time

Magical Chinese Unicorn Qilin

Chi Lin is one of the nine sons of dragon in the Chinese legend. Chi Lin can distinguish devil and fortune. Chi Lin symbolizes prosperity and longevity. It is believed to live for at least 2000 yea

The Eight Immortals and Good Fortune Symbols

Chinese written system and language has the hidden meaning is revealed by the prolific use of symbols within their culture and like a secondary language, these symbols are rich in nuances and that

The Ten Suns in the Sky

Chinese legend has that during the Chinese ten-day week there were ten suns that appeared in turn in the sky. Xi He was the mother of the ten sons. Each day the ten suns would travel with their mot

Pixiu Coming with Fortune

Like Dragon, Phoenix, Turtle and Kylin, Pi Xiu is one of the five auspicious creatures or fortune beasts of traditional Chinese culture. The Pixiu is both ferocious and powerful so it works as a se

Chinese Phoenix - Auspicious Bird Rising from Ashes

Like Dragon, Feng Huang, or Chinese Phoenix, is a mythological and dominant bird of Orient among all other birds. In ancient times, the females are called Huang and the males Feng. However

There Was Once a Dragon in the Ancient Orient

In western cultures dragons are usually regarded as a symbol of malevolence; however, Chinese people have a long held belief that they are descendents of the dragon, and the dragon is held in high

The Nine Sons of the Dragon

According to the legend, the dragon has nine sons, namely Bixi, Chiwen, Pulao, Bi'an, Taotie, Baxia, Yazi, Suanni and Jiaotu. However, each having their own appearance, and none of they had grown i

Youchao Building Tree Houses

In ancient times, human beings lived together with animals and birds. Without shelters, human beings were frequently attacked by beasts, insects and vipers.

Later, a pre-historical house ap

Sui Drilling Wood to Make a Fire

In the ancient time, people did not know what fire is and how to make use of it. They had to eat raw food, as a result of which they got ill easily and lived a short life. When the night came, it t

Houyi Shot the Suns

In the ancient mythology of China, Hou Yi was the hero who shot the suns. He is sometimes portrayed as the chief of the Youqiong Tribe during the period of Xia, or even as a god of archery descende

Myth of Jingwei Filling the Sea

"Jingwei Filling the Sea" is a Chinese mythological story from the ancient work Classic of the Mountains and Seas.

The story had that Nvwa was the most favored and the youngest daughter of

Chang E Flying to the Moon

The “Chang E Flying to the Moon” is a beautiful legend. Hou Yi made a great contribution by shooting down nine extra suns, and he was rewarded with a kind of elixir for what he did. Chang E was

Ts'ang Chie's Formation of Words

According to the legends, Ts'ang Chie was the creator of Chinese characters. However, it is impossible that he created all the Chinese characters by himself; it is universally accepted that he is t

The Four Symbols and Twenty-Eight Mansions

In ancient China, people found that the twenty eight stars near the ecliptic were useful to detect the time and seasons, and to mark the traveling positions of the sun and the moon, so that they we

Candle Dragon

Why there exists the change of the four seasons? Why does day alternate with night? Why there exist those natural phenomenons, like wind, rain, snow and so on? We of course know them nowadays; howe

Creation of Heaven and Earth by Pangu

Creation of Heaven and Earth by Pangu is a fairy tale about the origin of the universe and the world.

As the tale told, the heaven and the earth were integrated into an egg-like body origin