Thomas was once sent to collect a paper Chinese Dragon from Knapford Harbour. He was surprised by its appearance until his driver explained it was made of paper and could do no harm. Unfortunately, Percy, who was stuck on a siding at the time, did not realise this and was scared by it as Thomas went past him. Percy later saw the dragon at Elsbridge, but was relieved that it was a fake.
The Chinese Dragon can also be lit up inside to become illuminated. It is now popular with funfair specials. Since the tenth series, the Chinese Dragon can move its head and dance about.
The Chinese Dragon is yellow with red and green detail. Its original colour in the Magazines was green with red eyes.
- In some merchandise bios and on the Official Website, The Chinese Dragon is mistakenly referred to as being alive.
- The Chinese Dragon was not named until the tenth series episode, Percy and the Funfair.
- It is one of a handful of non-sentient props in the series to be modelled by various merchandise ranges.
- The Chinese Dragon was mentioned in the twenty-third series episode, Wish You Were Here when Thomas mentioned to Hong-Mei that Percy thought that dragons do exist because he saw the dragon on Sodor. A reference from the third series episode, Thomas, Percy and the Dragon was used for the episode.
- One of the Dragon boats from Wish You Were Here wore the same colours from the Chinese paper dragon.