In China Dragons are not the fire-breathing monsters of the west. The Chinese dragon is capricious, powerful, but good natured. An animal with a strong yang (male- sun- light) as such it has connotations with the number nine, 3 is yang so therefore 3×3 is powerful yang, so nine dragons are a well disposed omen.
Kowloon, a part of Hong Kong means nine dragons in Cantonese.
There is an impressive imperial nine dragon wall of glazed tiles at both the summer palace and the forbidden city at Beijing.
According to tradition the dragon is considered the the chief of all scaled creatures, while birds are represented by the phoenix, animals by the unicorn and all shelled creatures by the tortoise.
The dragon is second to humans in the hierarchy of animals, it has a sinuous body covered with scales, four legs and two horns. It is said to be made of nine different creatures, Deer’s horns, camels head, rabbits eyes, cows ears, snake neck, frogs belly, carps scales, hawks talons and tiger palms. There are 81 (9×9) scales along its spine. A dragons face has whiskers and a beard. The dragon is the lord of nature, commanding mountains, sky, sea (lakes and rivers) and the land. The heaven dragon rules the sky, spirit dragon rules the rain, earth dragon rules springs and streams and the treasure dragon guards buried treasures.
Kowloon Jewel Baijiu Cocktail
50ml of V.I.P Jiu 8
1 dash of Tabasco sauce
100ml of Mango juice
1 ice cube
Put a dash of Tabasco into a tumbler, swirl around, add an ice cube, V.I.P Jiu 8 and mango juice, stir and enjoy.