Along with the dragon, the turtle, and the Phoenix, the Qilin or Kirin is one of the four sacred animals of ancient China. In Europe, it is also called Chinese Unicorn. Later, Japanese and Korean mythology added this animal to their cultures. They appeared from the Ming dynasty. According to the legends, Qilin World Capital means that his body was that of a deer, his head of a dragon or lion, the tail of the ox and the hooves of horse, horns (one or three) of deer and the back are covered with scales of carp. He is represented surrounded by an aura of flames that he uses to protect the pure of heart. In the dwelling and garden of the emperors of the Forbidden City and the Palace in summer you can see bronze or stone statues of this fantastic animal.
During the spring festival, the people of the villages south of the Yangtze River carry a paper Qilin Capital on their shoulders and offer a show at the door of their houses to express their desire to have a large, healthy and happy family. In China, there is a saying that would translate into something like El Qilin brings children or El Qilin brings children. Some say that in the Qilin World the Qilins are giraffes brought from Kenya by Zhen He, who had several trips through East Africa. He took two giraffes to Beijing where they were called Quilins. The emperor proclaimed them magical creatures and his capture was a symbol of his greatness. Others say that the Qilin was a myth already ingrained and that its name was taken to name the giraffes because the Qilin were not described with the long necks of the giraffes.
The appearance of a Qilin usually brings prosperity and good luck. In Chinese culture, there is a legend that a Qilin helped a seamstress to prepare beautiful clothes that brought good luck and fortune to the seamstress. A variant of the stories is that he helped a painter with his paintings. There are also legends in which the Qilin dance and do physical strength exercises to demonstrate their dexterity. The Qilin only appeared in times of prosperity with a kindly leader. They were described as a kind and playful character, but they could become very fierce when it comes to fighting against an unfair. According to the legends, they can walk on the water, and also on the flowers without crushing them. It is usually associated with femininity because it is the symbol of sweetness and fertility. They are also related to Chinese sages and emperors.
As a curiosity:
We can see this character in many stories as well as manga, animes, and doramas. As an example, we have in anime the Naruto series since this anime character we have a Nine-Tailed Fox trapped inside his body. She also transforms herself into different forms, including the human form, where she becomes a beautiful maiden, in order to deceive unsuspecting men and then consume her heart.