Pulao is the third son of the dragon. Compared with his brothers, he is smaller in size. He lives on the beach and fears the whale most. He always makes loud voice whenever he’s attacked by a whale. As he can make loud voice, he is the dragon that is most often carved onto temple bells, drums and musical instruments that produce loud sounds.
Pulao first appeared in Chinese literature during the Tang Dynasty (618–907). During the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), it was in the influential list of fantastic creatures which appeared in architecture and applied art.