This river in Portugal, which vaguely resembles a dragon from one angle, has been getting a lot of attention on Chinese social media.
An image of the Odeleite Reservoir, also known as the Blue Dragon river, was snapped by Reddit user “docious“, while on a flight from Amsterdam to Marrakech. When the photo found its way onto Chinese social media later in the day it was shared more than 30,000 times in under 10 hours with netizens hoping for a little dragon-fueled fortune to come flying their way.
People in China obviously have a clear idea of what a dragon should look like. The mythological creature is an auspicious emblem and can be a symbol of power, strength and good luck. Historically it was the pattern chosen to be worn by emperors and its history dates back more than a millennia.
Perhaps this coincidental sighting will bring great fortune to Portugal in form of a flood of Chinese tourists cascading onto the Blue Dragon river. Which would be nice for a country that intends to pay the IMF 16 billion euros next year to complete its EU bailout repayments.
by Daniel Cunningham
[Images via CCTV}