In China, the tiger is known as "the king of beasts" (百兽之王 bǎi shòu zhī wáng). Tigers symbolise might, bravery, and authority, and were worshipped by the ancient Chinese. According to legend, there are five tigers that stand out from the rest, they are:
Tian Wu (天吴 tiān wú)
Tian Wu is a God from the Classic of Mountains and Seas (山海经 shān hǎi jīng) and is described as having eight heads with human faces, the body of a tiger, eight legs, eight tails, and is cyan and yellow all over.
In ancient times there was a tribe named Wu (吴 wú) that worshiped a God of the same description. They believed it to be the God of Water - much like Gong Gong (共工 gòng gōng) - that could swallow clouds and fog, call the wind and rain, and even control floods.
Bi An (狴犴 bì àn)
Bi An, also known as Xian Zhang (宪章 xiàn zhāng), is a powerful divine beast from ancient Chinese mythology, and is the seventh son of the Nine Sons of the Dragon (龙生九子 lóng shēng jiǔ zǐ)1. Bi An was born from a tiger mother and takes the form of a tiger-dragon hybrid. Of all things, Bi An is said to enjoy litigation, which is why you can find his statues placed over prison gates, keeping guard over the prisoners.
Moreover, Bi An is said to be the protector of all people and has the inate ability to distinguish right from wrong. In addition to decorating prison gates, statues of Bi An can also be found on both sides of the hallways in official government buildings.