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
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)