The koi symbolizes energetic life force and triumph over obstacles. They are associated with good fortune, success, prosperity, ambition, longevity, courage and perseverance. The Chinese legend of the Dragon Gate tells of a koi fish that swam upstream, through waterfalls and other obstacles to reach the top of the mountain. At the top of the mountain was the “Dragon Gate.” The legend says that when the koi finally reached the top, it became a dragon, one of the most auspicious creatures in Chinese culture. The koi is also associated with the yin yang symbol, with the classic teardrops symbolizing a male and female koi. The eye of each teardrop is symbolic of the constant watchful eye of the koi. The two yin and yang koi complete each other and create a perfect balance of the negative and positive energies of chi energy, the life-force of all things on earth.