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Chinese netizens support name changing of "Dragon"

By Jin Ke (Beijing Daily)

15:46, February 10, 2012

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

During the Spring Festival, thousands of Chinese netizens voted online to support changing the English name of "dragon" into "long," the pinyin spelling of the Chinese character, hoping that the new name could show the majesty and stateliness of the Chinese dragon.

The online Spring Festival celebrations, conducted by the Beijing Internet Information Office and Beijing Association of Online Media under the theme were extremely popular among Chinese citizens. Statistics showed that the official website for the online celebrations had about 343 million hits from Jan. 16 to Feb. 1, 2012, up 14 percent from last year.

A campaign launched for choosing the right English name for the Chinese dragon enjoyed great public support. The legendary Chinese creature has long been translated as "dragon." However, unlike Western dragons, which are considered evil and ferocious, the Chinese one traditionally symbolizes majesty and solemnity. Due to the difference between Chinese and Western cultures, this legendary Chinese creature failed to be selected as the mascot for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

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