Chinese dragon embroidery design download. The Dragon is the fifth of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. Each year has an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle. Years of the Dragon include 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, and 2024. In Chinese culture, the dragon symbolizes excellence, boldness, perseverance, divinity, power, valiancy, heroism and nobility. The dragon continues to overcome until he finds success. He is decisive, intelligent, energetic, optimistic and ambitious.