Chinese dragons symbolize potent and auspicious powers. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. The dragon was the symbol of the Emperors of China.
In Chinese daily language, excellent and outstanding people are compared to the dragon while incapable people with no achievements are compared with other, disesteemed creatures, such as the worm. A number of Chinese proverbs and idioms feature references to the dragon, for example: "Hoping one's son will become a dragon" (望子成龍, i.e. be as a dragon).