9. Chi Wen
Chi Wen likes swallowing things. The four beasts that swallow the ridges of the hall in the picture are all Chi Wen, so he is also called the Ridge-Swallowing Beast. He is said to be in charge of rainfall, so the design has the purpose of safeguarding palaces from fire.
so many foreigners just think china is some 'dragon' and they do some sort of dragon worship, all the while having no idea at all about who and what chinese dragons are and what they do and their place in chinese society
Very interesting indeed.
The country of Wales, now part of Britain has a Red Dragon of Wales Y Ddraig Goch on the Welsh flag, it is often called "Y Ddraig Goch" for it has a red dragon on a green and white field. The origin of this symbol is found in early Welsh legend and history, and was the banner of a King at one time.
This is a true symbol of a war like people, quite unlike the Chinese dragons.