Dragons in china
Dragons play an important role in Chinese culture Reuters

A clip of of a "dragon" flying over mountains in China has gone viral. The blurred footage was allegedly filmed near the border with Laos.

The clip uploaded on YouTube by ApexTV, has received more than 1,978,749 views. The description read: "A man in China took footage of this giant mysterious flying creature that was spotted near the border of Laos. Many theories have emerged with some claiming the creature is a real dragon that was caught on tape and others saying it provides evidence that pterodactyls still exist."

The video has sparked online debate, with many suggesting that the clip might be doctored, while others claiming it to be a real sighting.

Chao's Gotsokillz wrote: "Dragon is real. nothing is impossible on earth. tsunamis, black holes, etc. science can explain. but sometimes there are thing(s) that science cant explain. its up to us if we believe it or not."

Another user wrote: "C'mon guys. The frames to the background don't even match up. People believe this? The uploader knows this is fake but it makes good views so f*** it."

Dank Dud3 stated: "It looks pretty fake as the background is blurry and the dragon is pretty clear."

Dragons play an important role in Chinese culture. The mythical creature symbolizes good fortune, power, success, wealth, fertility, happiness and immortality.