The meaning of the name Kowloon (which pronunciation is “kau-lung”) is “Nine Dragons” (in Chinese “kau” means nine and “lung”, dragon). The Chinese tradition says that that one day a young emperor who lived there observed eight hills that he named “Eight Dragons”. One servant said that an emperor was considered to be a dragon. So, from now on, it was defined that the eigt hills and the emperor were the nine dragons.
In China, the dragon is the traditional symbol of growing, protection, vitality, prosperity, health and good beginning.