According to ancient Chinese astrology the world was protected by four
creatures, viewed as guardians of the four cardinal directions. Known as the
'Four Symbols', depictions of them have been found throughout China for
as long as 6000 years ago.

There are the Black Tortoise of the North, the Azure Dragon of the
East, the Vermillion Bird of the South, and the White Tiger of the West.
Each with its own characteristics.