Of great importance in Chinese myth and culture, the tiger is one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. Also in various Chinese art and martial art, the tiger is depicted as an earth symbol and equal rival of the Chinese dragon- the two representing matter and spirit respectively. In fact, the Southern Chinese martial art Hung Ga is based on the movements of the Tiger and the Crane. In a poll conducted by Animal Planet, the tiger was voted the world's favorite animal, narrowly beating the dog. More than 50,000 viewers from 73 countries voted in the poll.