The dragon is the symbol of the emperor and represents fertility, while the phoenix embodies the warmth of the sun and helps produce male offspring. The dragon, together with the phoenix which is also the leader of all winged creatures, symbolizes the emperor and the empress, as well as representing marital bliss. When the two animals face each other, they convey the message of a happy reunion and good omen.
The Dragon and Phoenix motif is full of auspicious connotation, and vessels decorated with two of the most important mythical animals in Chinese tradition are typically made as wedding gifts. The phrase uttered as one of many good luck wishes during the wedding ceremony is long feng cheng xiang - meaning "Dragon and Phoenix bring Auspiciousness". In most cases the dragon (long) is shown to the right and the phoenix (feng) to the left.