Not to TOTALLY derail the thread but I find this cultural knowledge fascinating. On a seperate note, why do so many Chinese restaurants or mom pop businesses named Dragon xxxx? Out of curiosity are they similar in china itself or are their restaurants named 'regular' names?As for the whole "Dragon" thing. I don't think it has anything to do with the "dragon" being "the most ferocious being known in China". No, dragon was never that. The idea of the dragon does NOT revolve around the trait "ferocity". In fact, tigers (虎) or sharks (鲛) are more representative of being "ferocious" in Chinese culture.
In traditional China, the word for Chinese Dragon don't get used a lot at all, unless it is referring to the Emperor, or when a Daoist priest and/or a mystic is quoting from the I Ching. This is because Chinese Dragon in Imperial Era China refers almost exclusively to the Mandate of Heaven. Before the Imperial Era, the Chinese Dragon either means the dragon totem, or a large snake, or a divination term in I Ching.
In modern day China, the Mandate of Heaven no longer function as a political belief system. Thus, dragons mostly represent something man-made that is magically magnificent. This is pretty much the mingling of the creature's origin as a totem (man-made symbol), as well as its being something magically powerful and spiritual.