The Moral of Chinese Patterns of Carp Leaping over Dragon Gate


In the pattern of “Carp Leaping over Dragon Gate”, a carp is jumping high above the water in front of the Dragon Gate and about to going across it. The Dragon Gate is located between Hejin of Shanxi Province and Hancheng of Shaanxi Province. It spans the Yellow River and looks like a tower in the doorway. Legend has it that Yu the Great dug a tunnel through the mountain to change the waterway when he was controlling the flood. This pattern is often used as an auspicious sign to bless scholars to take the first place in the imperial examination.

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