Dragon Kings Prawn Soliders and Crab Generals

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虾兵蟹将

  xiā bīng xiè jiàng

Prawn Soldiers and Crab General

Once upon a time in Qingdao, I stumbled upon a statue of the Dragon King.

I asked what were all the prawns and crabs doing on the statue, and received this reply

” 虾兵蟹将” – the Prawn and Crab Army of the Dragon King!

It’s an expression in Chinese – meaning  underlings who aren’t really all that helpful…. like an army of sychopants…..

I’d lost the original photo so have borrowed the one above from

http://mymalaysiadailyphoto.blogspot.com/2010/07/dragon-sculpture-at-chong-kong-tong.html

Dragons are pretty popular in China – images and icons of dragons are everywhere!

They litter the vocabulary and consciousness of most Chinese – and they are benevolent beings ( mostly) ruling over Water. ( i.e. , they don’t breathe fire like western dragons)

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