Dragons are an important part of many Chinese festivals,
including Chinese New Year. In ancient China, dragons
did not breathe fire. Dragons were wise and caring.
They guarded the wind, the rain, the rivers, precious
metals and gems.
countries use dragons in their art, especially China,
Korea and Japan. It's easy to tell the difference
between Chinese, Korean and Japanese dragons. Just
count the dragon's toes!
Chinese dragons have five toes!
Korean dragons have four toes!
Japanese dragons have three toes!
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The farther dragons travel from their home in China,
the more toes they lose! Fortunately, when wandering
dragons return home to China, all their missing
toes grow back. But, as most dragons would prefer
to keep all their toes, all the time, few dragons
ever wander very far from home.