Chinese Idiom Stories
春秋楚國沈諸梁，自稱「葉公」。 據說，這位葉公愛龍成癖，家裡的梁、柱、門、窗上都雕著龍，牆上也畫著龍。 就這樣，葉公愛好龍的名聲，被人們傳揚開了。天上的真龍，聽說人間有這麼一位葉公，對它如此喜愛，很受感動，決定去葉公家對他表示謝意。
Professed Love of What One Really Fears
In the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476BC), there lived in Chu a person named Chu Zhuliang, who addressed himself as "Lord Ye". It's said that this Lord Ye was very fond of dragons. The walls had dragons painted on them. The beams and pillars and the doors and the windows were all carved with them. As a result, his love for dragons was spread out. When the real dragon in heaven heard of this Lord Ye, he was deeply moved. He decided to visit Lord Ye to thank him.
You might think Lord Ye would have been very happy to see a real dragon. But, in fact, at the sight of the creature, he was scared out of his wits and ran away as fast as he could.
From then on, people knew that Lord Ye only loved pictures or carvings which look like dragons, not the real thing.