Fishes who would be Dragons
Of all the Chinese stories associated with dragons, one of my favorites is of the fish who would be dragons.

Legend says that if a fish is strong enough to swim up the rapids of the Yellow River in the third moon of the year, it will be magically trnsformed into a dragon. Hence the fish became a symbol of literary eminence and of passing examinations with distinction.

This Ching Dynasty white jade carving shows the small fish superimposed over the larger animal it hopes to become. I strung it with pearls and a tassle because the mythical Chinese dragon is always shown pursuing the flaming pearl of wisdom.

The real fish that is known as a
" Dragonfish " is the Asian Arowana, they are endangered and protected by the CITES treaty.