The Fenghuang in China is a symbol of good luck, protects the southern part of the Imperial Palace. Feng denotes the male and female specimens huang.

Like the phoenix of Greek and Egyptian mythology, he is associated with fire, but is basically another mythical creatures and should not be confused with this. In addition, it is not identical with the Red Bird, Red Bird of the South also, (in Japanese Suzaku ), which is a symbol of Chinese astrology is next to the White Tiger, the Blue Dragon and the Black Tortoise.

The Fenghuang has a long head with large, elongated eyes and a pointed, slightly curved beak, thus recalling a pheasant or peacock. His long colorful plumage, the " five sacred colors" on. So the head is green ( for quality ), the neck white ( for justice ), the back red ( for propriety ), the breast black ( for wisdom ) and the feet are yellow ( for loyalty and credibility ). The noble bird preferred the branches of the tree Wutong ( Firmiana simplex, Syn Sterculia platanifolia ) and is said to have drunk from the best mountain springs. The age to have amounted to about 1000 years. The Fenghuang was how the Chinese Unicorn ( Qilin ) is a symbol of mercy. In contrast to the Greek Phoenix Fenghuang not burst into flames in order to renew itself. Its reproduction was similar to the normal birds.

Furthermore, symbolized the animal, together with the Chinese dragon ( Long), the imperial couple. The dragon stood for the emperor, while the Empress was symbolized according to the Fenghuang. Also this was one of the four mythical animals miracle (even magical creatures ), who helped the Chinese world - creator Pangu.