How Dragon Burn Works

Mission Statement

The original mission of Dragon Burn has remained unchanged since it’s inception. The original goals as suggested by Sven Aarne Serrano are:

  1. Help Chinese Nationals and Shanghai resident foreigners get to Burning Man
  2. Promote the 10 Principles of Burning Man as a way of daily life
  3. Organize and hold a satellite Burn event here in China.

Guiding Principles

The Ten Principles of Dragon Burn
The Ten Principles of Dragon Burn

Dragon Burn is based upon the Ten Principles of Burning Man. It is these principles that makes it a Burn, which is unlike a normal festival. The Ten Principles of Burning Man are:

Radical Inclusion

Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.


Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.


In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Radical Self-reliance

Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Radical Self-expression

Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

Communal Effort

Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

Civic Responsibility

We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Leaving No Trace

Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.


Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.


Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

Gifting Economy

Whether its a heartfelt conversation about life, someone giving you a hug, or sharing food- gifting is everywhere at Dragon Burn. Some of the best experiences will be between you and others at unexpected times. You can prepare a small trinket of your appreciation ahead of the event and keep them on you for when you have shared a moment with others. Great gifts are not MOOP generating- jewelry, gum, cigarettes, polaroid photos, handmade items, food, drink, DIY items, soap, etc. Gifting is an exercise in generosity- sharing for the sake of sharing and expecting nothing in return.