According to Chinese zodiac*, 2012 is the year of dragon. In Asian/Chinese culture, the Dragon is the sign of the Emperor of China or the male element Yang. The Dragon is the symbol of power and wealth.
The Chinese dragon or Oriental dragon is a mythical creature in East Asian culture with a Chinese origin. It is visualized as a long, scaled, snake-like creature with four legs and five claws on each. The dragon is sometimes used in the West as a national emblem of China. Its female counterpart is the Feng huang (phoenix).
In contrast to the European dragon which stands on four legs and which is usually portrayed as evil, the Chinese dragon has long been a potent symbol of auspicious power in Chinese folklore and art. Dragons have been worshiped by the Chinese for thousands of years. They can be found in pottery, paintings, and are often featured in jade ornaments.